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Gordon Ramsay’s burnt sugar steamed pudding recipe

A lightly spiced dish, perfect for afternoon tea or dessert.

(Justin Mandel/PA)

This recipe comes from New Zealand, where Gordon Ramsay went diving for paua (abalone) and foraged for edible wild plants.

The burnt sugar steamed pudding is inspired by chef Monique Fiso, who shines a light on Maori cuisine at her restaurant Hiakai in Wellington.

Burnt sugar steamed pudding


(Makes 2 loaves)

  • 67g, plus 250g granulated sugar

  • 237ml boiling water

  • 303g all-purpose flour

  • 2tsp ground mixed spice or pumpkin pie spice

  • 1tsp baking soda

  • ¼tsp kosher salt

  • 216g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

  • 3 large eggs, beaten


1. Preheat your oven to 149°C.

2. Fill a roasting pan with two-and-a-half centimetres of water and place in the center of the oven to heat. Lightly coat two one-pound loaf pans with nonstick spray.

3. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat, add 67 grams sugar and cook, stirring gently and constantly, until it completely melts and turns a deep amber color, about 10 minutes.

4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully pour in the boiling water. Stir the mixture until it thickens and becomes a syrup. Set aside.

5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, 250 grams sugar, mixed spice, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and use your fingertips to press the dry ingredients into the butter. Continue pressing and mixing until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the eggs and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

6. Slowly add syrup to the pudding mixture and continue stirring until a thick batter forms. Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans and cover each with aluminum foil.

7. Place the loaf pans in the roasting pan with water in the oven and cook for about two hours, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaves comes out clean.

8. Remove the pudding from the pan and let cool on a rack.

9. To serve, cut into individual slices and serve warm or at room temperature.

(National Geographic/PA)

Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted: A Culinary Adventure With 60 Recipes From Around The Globe is published by National Geographic, priced £25. Available now.


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