Regional Recipes: Newcastle Pudding

March 10, 2015

I am finding it really interesting finding out about regional recipes. Britain is a small island but the range and diversity of the dishes we have across the length and breadth of it is amazing. It is like our range of accents, unique to each region and distinctive. Even when two regions have a similar recipe, there are subtle variations that make it specific to that area. Recently I have been concentrating on dishes that are local to Newcastle and Northumberland. These often have musical names like Pan Haggerty or Singin’ Hinnies which reflect the lilting accent of the area. Whilst looking for other recipes from the region I came across a reference to Newcastle Pudding. Intrigued, I had to find out more.

Newcastle PuddingThe earliest reference I could find came from The Cook and Housekeeper’s Dictionary by Mary Eaton in 1822. The basic instructions were as follows:

NEWCASTLE PUDDING. Butter a half melon mould or quart basin, stick it all round with dried cherries or fine raisins, and fill it up with custard and layers of thin bread and butter. Boil or steam it an hour and a half.

Investigating further it seems Newcastle Pudding is also used to refer to a lemon bread and butter type pudding. I decided to try and recreate the original version as best I could, using a pudding bowl rather than a half melon mould. The result was a success, apart from the fact that I had not greased the pudding basin sufficiently. This resulted in some of the pudding sticking to the dish when I tried to turn it out giving it a slightly lopsided look. The taste was lovely though, it is a very light steamed pudding with the cherries giving it a touch of flavour. It would be lovely served with cream, or custard.

Newcastle puddingI imagine that if the cherries had been embedded properly in the top of the pudding it would also make a great centrepiece pudding for a special occasion. It is a perfect pudding for Spring days when the sun is out but the air is still cold. It warms you up without feeling too stodgy. It is almost similar in texture to St. Stephens Pudding, another steamed pudding this time with an apple base.

Newcastle puddingI must admit to being quite pleased that Newcastle has it’s own pudding and a very tasty one at that. I will definitely be trying this one again soon, taking more care to grease the pudding basin properly beforehand.

Newcastle Pudding Recipe

Newcastle Pudding
Author: Alison
  • 25 g 1 oz glacé cherries
  • 100 g 4 oz butter
  • 100 g 4 oz caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g 5 oz plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk
  1. Grease a pudding basin
  2. Cut the cherries in half and make a pattern on the base of the pudding basin
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  4. Gradually beat in the eggs
  5. Stir the flour, salt and baking powder into the egg mixture and then add the milk until the pudding has a dropping consistency.
  6. Pour the mixture into the pudding basin.
  7. Cover the basin with greaseproof paper and tin foil and secure with string.
  8. Half fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil.
  9. Put the pudding dish into the pan, the water should come half way up the basin.
  10. Steam for an hour and a half to two hours until the pudding is cooked.
  11. Before turning out let the pudding stand for 5 minutes.

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11 responses to “Regional Recipes: Newcastle Pudding”

  1. Corina says:

    I’ve never heard of this before either but I love steamed puddings. It sounds really tasty and it’s always nice to discover a new pudding!

  2. I have never heard of Newcastle Pudding before but it looks delicious. My family would love this sort of pudding with custard 🙂 x #TastyTuesdays

  3. I love reading your regional recipes – fab that they are being given a new lease of life via your blog 😀

  4. Ooh this looks lovely and I have everything I need in the cupboard ! Not sure if your linkie is still going but I’ve finally tried out some Sussex recipes –

  5. Galina V says:

    I have never tasted or even heard of the Newcastle pudding. Would love to try a piece of your pud, it sounds so yummy

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