How To Cook A Steamed Sponge Pudding In The Microwave

How To Cook A Steamed Sponge Pudding In The Microwave

Jennipher Marshall Jenkinson, author of the prize-winning cookbook Microwave Magic: The Art of 21st Century Cooking, shows us how to make an amazing steamed sponge pudding with syrup in a microwave.

Hi, I'm Jennipher Marshall Jenkinson, chairman of the UK Microwave Technologies Association and the author of the prize-winning cookbook Microwave Magic: The Art of 21st Century Cooking. Here we are. In our bowl, we've got 175 grams of self-raising flour that I've sifted into the bowl.

I'm going to add 175 grams of sugar, and I always use raw granulated sugar. I'm going to pop in 3 eggs, and 175 grams of butter, a 100 ml. of milk.

Now I'm going to make a plain white sponge cake this afternoon, but if you wanted to make a chocolate sponge cake, all you'd have to add is one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Now I'm going to mix this together. So there we've got our cake mixture well-blended, now I'm going to stir through a nice big glob of golden syrup, through the mixture, not stirring it in too carefully so that the flavours come out.

Now, here's our baking dish as it were. I've greased and lined this pudding basin and I've put into the bottom of it three tablespoons of golden syrup. Gently pour all the cake mixture into the bowl.

I'm going to top it with a butter paper. You need to cover it with something, and a greased butter paper is perfect. And I'm going to cook this in the oven on a medium high setting, which is about 700 watts of energy, for 8-10 minutes and you'll see that it'll come out well risen and absolutely perfect.

So, medium high power setting for 8 minutes. And here's our pudding. It's had 8 minutes cooking on a medium high power setting, approximately 700 watts.

So let's have a look at our pudding here as it comes out. Now, we just want to leave it to stand, just for 2 minutes, just so that the whole pudding can settle and it comes away from the side of the bowl so that it doesn't stick to the bowl when we want to turn it out. So we've given it a couple of minutes now, and now the test is in the turning out.

So, let's turn it upside down. And there we are - steamed sponge pudding. Light as a feather, cooked in 8 minutes on medium high power setting.

Delicious and very, very tender.