Gourmet Cooking Recipes: Holiday Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin PuddingI love pumpkin! I also like attempting to make gourmet cooking recipes. However, I am not quite a great cook. (Just ask my husband about the infamous “booger chicken” that I tried to feed him once right after we first got married.) Because I am not very good in the kitchen (but I am getting better!), when holiday meal planning time comes around throughout the year, I stick to tried and true recipes that I have made consistently with success. And, so, during the holiday season, one of my favorite gourmet cooking recipes is my Harry Potter-esque recipe for pumpkin pudding.


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice


  1. Grease the inside of a two-pint glass baking dish with butter. Set the greased dish aside.
  2. Blend the softened butter and apricot jam together in a bowl with a silicon or rubber spatula.
  3. Beat the egg in a separate bowl until the yolk and white are combined.
  4. Blend the beaten egg into the butter and jam mixture.
  5. Mix together the pumpkin puree, mixed spice, self-rising flour, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  6. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  7. Fold in the raisins.
  8. Pour the holiday pumpkin pudding batter into the greased glass baking dish.
  9. Cover the entire glass baking dish (top and bottom) in aluminum foil and tie closed with a piece of cooking string.
  10. Place a trivet on the bottom of a large sauce pan that is both wider and taller than the baking dish.
  11. Place the pan on the stove.
  12. Place the foil covered baking dish in the pan on the trivet.
  13. Pour hot water in the pan half way up the baking dish.
  14. Bring the water to a boil and allow to simmer for three hours while adding additional water to the pan as necessary.
  15. Remove the baking dish from the pan immediately.
  16. Serve the pumpkin pudding hot.
  17. Refrigerate any unused portion.

Pumpkin pudding is one of those delicious gourmet cooking recipes that decadent, delicious, and absolutely unhealthy. However, during the holiday meal planning season, eating rich foods with little nutritional value is acceptable. After all, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are a time to indulge. So, to all the other pumpkin lovers looking for a little treat this holiday season, I highly recommend my holiday pumpkin pudding recipe. The three hours to cook and the entire stick of butter are well worth the wait (and weight)!

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Pumpkin Pudding © 2013 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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