Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Orange Steamed Pudding

This recipe is from the December 1981 issue of Gourmet magazine. Although this is made like a pudding, I like it even better sliced thin and served at room temperature as a ‘tea cake” Given the high butter content of this recipe, I make (steamed) Cranberry Pudding much more frequently.

Butter and sugar a 1 ½ to 2-liter steam-pudding mold (tube center with cover).

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, cream:

½ cup butter
1 cup sugar

then add:

4 eggs

Mix well then add:

2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
½ c orange juice

Stir in

1 ½ T orange zest [use organic orange]
1 ½ T lemon zest [use organic lemon]
2/3 cup zante currants (optional)

Pour into the prepared mold and cover. Place on rack in large kettle, with the hot water height half that of the mold. Place cover on kettle and steam pudding for 1 ½ to 2 hours Check periodically to be sure water level has not fallen significantly. Pudding is done when a small skewer inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean. Let stand in the mold 5 minutes then remove from mold; sliding a knife around the edges of the mold will facilitate this. While this can be served warm (reheat in microwave if made ahead) it is also good at room temperature.

Serve with Orange (Hard) Sauce.

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