Golden Marmalade Sponge

A nice light dessert which is as golden as the leaves outside.

Golden Marmalade Sponge
Saturday 11 October 2013

Anne-Marie says, "You know autumn has arrived when you start craving a steamed pudding. This is a nice light dessert which is as golden as the leaves outside. It can be mixed in advance and put on to steam on a trivet, in a saucepan of water two hours before you need it."

Ingredients (serves six)

Three tablespoons of thick cut marmalade (bonus marks for homemade)
Zest and juice of one orange
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
Two medium eggs
100g self raising flour


Grease a 1 litre pudding basin, one of the lidded plastic ones will be easier.

Spoon the marmalade into the bottom of basin.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time with some of the flour and gently mix together.

Add the remaining flour, orange zest and stir together. Add a little orange juice to loosen the mixture until it is good batter consistency.

Pour the mixture into the bowl and cover with a slightly greased, circular piece of baking parchment and cover with the lid.

Steam for 90 minutes  to two hours. If you're using a big pan of water, keep checking that it hasn't run dry. Carefully remove the bowl and turn out the pudding onto a plate.

Serve with cream, greek yoghurt or custard.