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Quick and Easy Microwave-Steamed Sponge Pudding

Learn how to make a delicious steamed sponge pudding in the microwave!

Learn how to make a delicious steamed sponge pudding in the microwave!

Microwave Steamed Pudding In Under 10 Minutes

I've always loved a good steamed pudding. The simplest of these is steamed jam pudding, but the problem is that they can take hours to steam. Sometimes, however, you fancy a quick method to make this treat—so here's an easy microwaveable recipe for you to try today.


  • 28 grams/1oz margarine
  • 28 grams/1oz sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 56 grams/2oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons syrup (or jam or lemon curd)


  1. Place the jam in the bottom of a small microwave dish or basin. I always use a 1-pint Pyrex jug.
  2. In a bowl, beat all the other ingredients together until they are smooth.
  3. Spoon the pudding mix over the jam.
  4. Cover the dish with a microwaveable lid or cling film (pierce it).
  5. Place in your microwave and cook on medium power for 2½ - 3 minutes.
  6. Leave to stand for 3 minutes before turning out into a bowl.

Serving Suggestion

Serve immediately with custard or your favourite topping! One idea is to microwave a couple of tablespoons of your topping syrup, mixed with a tablespoon of boiling water, to pour over the pudding to serve. This quick and easy, almost instant microwave-steamed sponge syrup pudding is scrummy!

Filling Ideas

Although this pudding focused mainly on using jam, you can really use any of your favourite teatime treats. Here are a few ideas:

  • Place golden syrup in the bottom of the dish
  • Use any flavour jam you like, and place it in the bottom of the dish.
  • Place lemon curd placed in the bottom of the dish.
  • Layer lemon curd and sultana ingredients through your pudding.
  • Simply add cocoa to the basic mix; a tablespoon should be enough. You could also drop in some small pieces of chocolate to melt.
  • Add rhubarb and jam to the bottom to make a rhubarb and jam sponge pudding.

I hope you enjoy this steam pudding microwave recipe, a perfect winter warmer.

Cleaning Tip

When you've finished, just squirt a tiny amount of washing-up liquid into the Pyrex jug and fill it with boiling water. By the time you've eaten your pudding, your jug will be ready for a 2-second wipe around and rinse, and then it will be perfectly clean again!

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