Microwaved steamed sponge pudding
- 110g self-raising flour
- 50g sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100ml water
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- Put the flour, sugar and baking powder in an 18cm Pyrex bowl and mix well. Stir in the water and oil to form a smooth batter. Pour the syrup in the middle of the mixture (it should sink to the bottom).
- Cover bowl with microwave-proof cling-film. Microwave on high for approx 4 mins.
- Leave to stand for a few mins, then turn out onto a plate and serve with dairy-free cream or custard.
Try with jam or marmalade instead of golden syrup. You can also add a few chopped up dates or raisins to the batter.
It is also useful as a sponge base. Just microwave batter mix without adding syrup or jam, allow to cool and use sponge for trifles, etc.