Learn how to steam a pudding with our step-by-step video, which shows how to line a pudding basin, how to create a pleat and tie it securely before steaming it in a large pan.
It's simple when you know how. Use this method for any of our steamed pudding recipes or your Christmas pudding when the time comes!
On a sheet of baking paper, cut a circle 5cm larger than your pudding basin. To do this, use a ruler to help you mark a circle of dots from where the centre of the bowl would be then join them up with a pencil.
Cut around this shape – it doesn’t matter if it’s not a perfect circle, but the important thing is that it is larger than the pudding basin.
Grease the paper circle with a little butter, then make a pleat at the centre by folding the paper in on itself, as shown in the video.
Place the paper circle, greased side down, over your pudding to cover the basin.
Cover with foil, folding down the sides to keep it in place over the pudding basin.
Tie securely with kitchen string.
Place a trivet set in a large pan and place your pudding on top – or you could use an upturned saucer at the bottom of the pan, or even scrunched foil.
Fill to half way up the side of the basin with boiling water, the cover and steam for 2 hours, or until cooked. Check it occasionally and top it up with more water if necessary.