Boiled or steamed pudding was a common dish aboard ships in the Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries, which have been given a twist and become a traditional dish on the St Helena.


Boiled Pudding

1 1/4lb flour
5 tspns baking powder
2 tspns mixed spice
1/4 lb sugar
pinch of salt
1/4kb margarine
3 eggs
1 tspn treacle (or 1 tblspn burnt sugar)
15ml vanilla essence
1lb dates (or mixed fruit)


  1. 1.Place the flour in a mixing bowl and add the baking powder.
    2.Mix together the mixed spice, sugar and a pinch of salt and add to the bowl.
    3.Rub in the margarine. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture.
    4.Add the treacle, vanilla essence and the dates.
    5.Make sure all ingredients are mixed together well.
    6.Dampen a new pillowcase or cloth bag and dust with flour.
    7. Add the cake mixture to the bag.
    8. Allow for some space for the pudding to expand before tying with string.
    9. Place in a pot of boiling water and boil for 1 hour 30 mins.
    10.Remove from the pot and allow to drain before moving the pudding from the bag.