TECHNIQUES

Skill level

Intermediate

Equipment you will need for this technique

Heatproof bowl

Aluminium foil

Greaseproof paper

String

Scissors

Steamed puddings need to be properly sealed before cooking to prevent them from going soggy. This is possible even if you don't have a special pudding dish with a dedicated lid.

-Lay a sheet of aluminium foil over a sheet of greaseproof paper (these need to be large enough to wrap generously around the pudding bowl). Pick up both and fold a vertical pleat down the centre. Wrap the pudding bowl in the foil and paper, positioning the pleat down the centre of the mouth of the bowl. Tie the pudding tightly around the rim with a long piece of string.

-Pass the extra string over the top of the pudding bowl and tie it under the string on the other side of the bowl to make a handle. (This will be used to remove the hot pudding bowl from the steamer.)

-Trim any extra foil, paper and string. Fold the excess paper and foil underneath itself.