These type of steamed puddings is best served warm.You could substitute any type of fruits for the fruity version.Fruits like pineapple,apple,cherries,blueberries,orange,lemon,starfruit,mango,rhubarb can be layered at the bottom.Other versions can be made with grated carrot,dry fruits with nuts,pumpkin puree.One of my favorite combination is pineapple crushed and carrot combination.So try your innovations too and enjoy with any accompaniments you like.
You could mix your favorite jam with a little cornflour and water.Cook for a minute.once thickened lightly,remove from fire.
For the basic pudding
24 oz. flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1+1/2 cups milk
1 tsp.vanilla essence
Cream the butter and sugar together,until light .Add eggs one at a time and beat,allowing each egg to blend well,before adding the other.Fold in the flour,and milk alternatively.Pour into a mould and steam for 20-30 mins or until done.
Orange pudding:Grated rind and juice of 1 orange.One layer of sliced orange may be layered at the bottom.
Can be served with marmalade sauce,or chocolate sauce.
Spicy fruit and nut pudding:Substitute brown sugar for the white sugar.Add mixed spice powder,1/2 tsp cinnamon,12 oz.fruit.
Can be served with butterscotch sauce/ice cream
Lemon pudding:Grated rind and juice of 1 lime.
Can be served with caramel sauce/mint sauce
Chocolate Pudding:To the basic mix add 8 oz.chocolate chips/grated chocolate. and 1 tsp.vanilla essence.
Serve with vanilla/chocolate sauce.
Coconut pudding:Substitute coconut milk for the fresh milk,and add grated coconut,1/2 tsp.nutmeg and cardamon powder,1/4 tsp.rose essence
Chocolate sauce will be a good combination to serve.
The same ingredients for coconut cake substituting crushed pineapple for grated coconut is a Pinacolada pudding.
Here again chocolate sauce will be a good accompaniment to serve.