Tropical Christmas Steamed Pudding

Tropical Christmas Steamed Pudding

There's a popular school of thought out there that romanticizes a White Christmas as something very much to be wished for every year. Well, speaking as someone who lives in a part of the world where there is rarely any other alternative, I can say that all those people who spend their time listening to Irving Berlin songs can have my White Christmas … I'd much rather be spending my Christmas on a tropical island. So this tropical twist on the traditional steamed Christmas pudding can at least let me imagine a little bit sitting on a sandy island beach at Christmas-time surrounded by warm tropical breezes as I watch the snow drift outside my window.

The steaming of these kinds of puddings really brings out the plumpness and freshness of dried tropical fruits… any kind that you can find or that strikes your fancy. For my own pudding I used an equal mixture of mangoes, papayas, pineapples and bananas, but any combination of any sort of tropical fruit that you can like — guava or jackfruit for example — can be used here. Make sure to look for dried tropical fruits without sugar and preservatives at a specialty store like an Asian grocery or a natural food store.

Tropical Christmas Steamed PuddingTropical Christmas Steamed Pudding
Recipe by
Cuisine: English
Published on December 17, 2007

Moist, delicious almost-traditional steamed rum Christmas pudding with an exotic twist from plump steamed tropical fruits

Preparation: 30 to 40 minutes
Cooking time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours

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  • 2 1/3 cups dried mixed tropical fruit, diced (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
To serve:
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon dark rum
  • Note: use any combination of mangoes, papayas, pineapples, bananas, guava or jackfruit — look for dried fruit without added sugar

  • Stir together the chopped tropical fruits, ginger, sultanas and raisins along with 1/3 cup of the rum and let stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours, or overnight, stirring once in a while.

  • Thoroughly grease a 2 quart (2 liter) pudding mold or heatproof bowl. Pour the syrup into the mold and sprinkle 1/2 cup of the fruit mixture on top. Stir the pistachios and cashews along with 1/3 cup of the flour into the remaining fruit mixture, and set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and then beat the coconut cream into the butter until smooth. Beat in the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, followed by the whipping cream and the other 1/3 cup of rum.

  • In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining cup of flour together with the bread crumbs, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves. Pour the coconut mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly blended. Fold in the reserved fruit and nut mixture.

  • Scrape the batter into the mold, smoothing and tapping with a spatula as you pour to remove air pockets. Place a circle of parchment paper directly on the surface of the batter and cover the mold with a tight-fitting lid or with aluminum foil securely tied with kitchen string.

  • To steam the pudding, you will need a pot wide and deep enough to accommodate the mold or bowl comfortably with some room at both the sides and the top. Place the mold in the pot and fill the pot halfway up the sides of the mold with boiling water. Bring the pot to a boil on the stove top, then cover and reduce the heat to a strong simmer. Simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, adding water occasionally to keep it level halfway up the side of the mold. The pudding is finished when a cake tester comes out the pudding completely clean. Let the pudding cool slightly before removing the parchment paper and lid or foil.

  • To serve, run a knife gently down the sides of the mold and invert on to a warmed plate. Just before serving, beat the whipping cream until whipped and drizzle in the rum.

  • Serve in a bowl with a spoonful of the whipped cream and rum on top or on the side.

  • *Note: If you are making this ahead of time, remove the pudding from the mold, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to a week. To reheat, unwrap the pudding and return to the mold. Cover with parchment paper and a lid or securely tied foil and repeat the steaming process in a pot as before for 1 hour. To reheat in a microwave, turn out the pudding onto a serving plate and cover with large microwaveable bowl. Heat on High until hot, 7 to 10 minutes.

Tropical Christmas Steamed Pudding


Lucy said...

Well, Lisa, it ain't quite tropical here, but you are welcome to stay any day. Especially if this is on the menu. I've been watching the news - it's bloody cold in your bit of the world right now!

Lisa Turner said...


It certainly is cold and snowy here! How sweet of you to offer me some relief! I'd certainly cook for you, though it would be a treat to experience your culinary skills in person. If you ever wish to venture into a winter wonderland, you are always welcome to visit Lisa's Kitchen.

DK said...

OMG! this luks absolute Yum!bookmarked

zorra said...

I can't say which I prefer: white or tropical Christmas. But when I see your delicious pudding I think I take the tropical one. ;-)

Thank you for your participation in SHF.

Mansi said...

Fabulous Lisa...with all those dry fruits, ginger, brown sugar, coconut cream and rum, you totally have me hooked onto this one!!

this is one thing I am surely going to try!! awesome:)

Phoenix Ascending said...

Christmas pudding ... tasty goodness. I've got to try it with tropical fruits someday.