Steamed Chocolate & MarmalAID Pudding

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Serves8-12 people
Steamed Chocolate & MarmalAID Pudding

This heavenly chocolate pudding is the perfect alternative to a traditional Christmas pud. The fluffy sponge is swirled with rich, dark chocolate as well as a ripple of tart and tangy Seville Orange & Cardamom MarmalAID. Served with an indulgently creamy chocolate sauce, it's a festive showstopper that everyone will love.


  • Butter, for greasing
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 175g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g Seville Orange & Cardamom MarmalAID
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur (or 2 tbsp fresh orange juice)
  • 1 orange
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp soured cream
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 250g double cream
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur (or 2 tbsp orange juice)
  • Crème fraîche, to serve

Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 2 hr 30 mins

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1. Begin by lightly greasing a 1.7 ltr pudding basin with butter. Set aside. Fill and boil your kettle.
2. Roughly chop 150g dark chocolate into chunks. Set aside. Measure 175g plain flour and 30g cocoa powder into a mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and set to one side.
3. Spoon 150g of the MarmalAID into a separate bowl and mix with the orange liqueur (or orange juice) to loosen. Finely grate in the zest of the orange. Stir to mix, then set to one side.
4. Measure 175g butter and 175g caster sugar into another mixing bowl. Using a stand or an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together till pale and creamy. In a small jug or bowl beat the eggs with the soured cream, then very slowly trickle the egg mixture into the butter and sugar, beating welll between each addition till smoothly combined.
5. Sift half the flour and cocoa mix into the butter and sugar, then use a spatula or spoon to just mix them in. Add the MarmalAID mix and stir once or twice to combine. Sift in the remaining flour and cocoa mix and add the chocolate chunks. Fold gently with a spatula or spoon till the mix is smooth and just combined.
6. Pour the pudding mix into the prepared pudding basin. Pop the lid on and wrap the whole basin tightly in 2-3 layers of foil to prevent any water getting inside. If your pudding basin doesn't have a lid, use baking paper to cover the basin instead. Cut a large circle out of a sheet of baking paper, roughly twice the size of the basin, then fold 3 pleats in the middle of the circle. Place the paper over the top of the basin. Top with a large foil circle, also with a pleat in the middle, and tie the paper and foil onto the basin with kitchen string.
7. Carefully lower the pudding basin into a large pan. Pour hot water from the kettle into the pan, around the basin, till it comes to just over halfway up the basin. Fill and boil the kettle again if you need to. Pop a lid on the pan. Simmer gently for 2½ hrs. Check the pan regularly to keep an eye on the water level and top up with more hot water if necessary.
8. When the pudding has cooked for 2 hr 15 mins, make the chocolate sauce. Roughly chop the dark and milk chocolate and add to a medium pan along with the double cream, agave syrup and orange liqueur (or orange juice). Place on a low heat and gently warm, stirring regularly till the chocolate has nearly melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the sauce till smooth.
9. Carefully lift the pudding out of the pan using oven gloves to protect your hands. Unwrap the pudding and remove the lid. Place a large serving plate, upside down, on top of the basin then confidently flip the plate and pudding basin over. Gently wiggle the basin to release the pudding onto the plate.
10. Spoon some of the chocolate sauce over the pudding and pour the rest into a jug. Serve the Chocolate & MarmalAID Pudding with the chocolate sauce and crème fraîche.
11. Get Ahead You can start to prepare the chocolate pudding mix the day before you want to cook it. Follow steps 1-4, stopping before you add the flour to the butter and sugar mix. When you're ready to cook the pudding, follow steps 5 onwards then steam straight away. You can make the chocolate sauce up to 3 days in advance and store in the fridge. Reheat gently in a pan or the microwave, stirring regularly.
12. Microwave Magic You can cook the pudding in a microwave for a faster pud. Use a microwaveproof pudding basin with a lid for the pudding. Scoop the mix into the basin, seal and cook on High for 10 mins (800W microwave). Let the pudding stand in the basin for 2-3 mins before turning out onto a plate and serving with the chocolate sauce.
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