Sticky orange & marsala pudding

This syrupy twist on Christmas pud takes no time to prepare and can be steamed or made in the microwave.

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 30 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 491
  • fat 21g
  • saturates 12g
  • carbs 72g
  • sugars 56g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.86g


  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 clementines or satsumas, thinly sliced
  • 175g butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 85g self-raising flour
  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • grating fresh nutmeg (about ¼ tsp)
  • 2 tbsp marsala
  • zest 1 large orange
  • 200g mixed dried fruits
  • handful glacé cherries, halved
  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
  • zest 1 orange, juice ½
  • 3 tbsp Madeira


  1. Butter the inside of a 1.2-litre pudding basin. If you’re steaming the pudding on the hob, boil the kettle and have a large saucepan with a lid and a heatproof saucer ready. Cut a sheet of foil and greaseproof paper, both about 30cm long, and butter the greaseproof.

  2. Spoon 3 tbsp syrup into the bottom of the basin. Lay 5 slices of clementine or satsuma in the bottom, overlapping like petals. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy, then add eggs gradually, beating all the while, until light and fluffy. Add a spoonful of flour if the mix starts to split. Tip in the breadcrumbs and the rest of the flour, fold until combined, then add all remaining ingredients and fold again. Spoon mix on top of the fruit slices. Add remaining slices of clementine or satsuma against the side of the bowl as you go.

  3. To cook on the hob, cover with greaseproof and foil and steam for 1½ hrs (see Know-how, below). To microwave, losely cover with cling film, pierce once, then cook on Medium for 12 mins. To check it’s done, poke a skewer into the pudding; it should come out clean.

  4. Make the syrup by heating the ingredients in a small pan. When the pudding is ready, turn out and serve drenched with syrup, or leave to cool and chill for up to 3 days. To reheat, re-cover with foil and greaseproof and steam for 30 mins, or cover with cling film and microwave on Medium for 5 mins until hot. Reheat sauce in the microwave or in a pan.

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