Grandma Moana’s Steamed Pudding recipe

You asked, we listened! We have been trying out different traditional recipes in our Hangi cookers and we want to share them with you! 

Now we know everyone has their own version of a Steamed Pudding, this is just Grandma Moana's. 

If you do make yours different, tell us! What do you add or change? 


(makes two full puddings)

4 1/2 cups flour

4 cups of sugar

340g butter

6 eggs

3 tbs baking powder

3 tbs baking soda

1 1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp all spice

Burnt sugar

Burn 1 cup of sugar on the stove until it’s brown and tastes bitter.

Add 1 cup of cold water, (careful this will boil) and continue cooking until all mixed together. Set aside for now.

Pudding mix

Mix the remaining 3 cups of sugar room temperature butter. Add eggs one at a time.

Add in baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and allspice and mix well.

Add in flour gradually to wet mixture and mix. The mixture should have the consistency of cake batter. When dry and wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, add in your burnt sugar syrup. 

Put the mixture into an oven bag and tie tightly, leaving enough room at the top for the pudding to expand. Leave the string long enough on each side to tie to the edge of the pot or cooker.  

Pour boiling water into the cooker, cover and leave the pudding to steam for at least 2 hours, check on the pudding every half an hour to ensure it is cooking properly.

The mix will always look a little too wet, but leaving the pudding to rest in a bowl for 10-20 minutes before eating will help it set properly.

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