Boiled Raisin Pudding In A Bag

Boiled Raisin Pudding In A Bag


For the Pudding:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

For the Sauce (Optional):

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water (optional, for thickening)


  1. Prepare the Pudding Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the molasses, sugar, melted butter, milk, and beaten egg. Stir in the raisins.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until well combined.
  2. Prepare the Pudding Bag:
    • Use a clean pudding cloth or a large piece of muslin. Dampen the cloth and wring it out. Lay it flat and sprinkle it lightly with flour to prevent sticking.
    • Place the pudding mixture in the center of the cloth, gathering the edges and tying it securely with kitchen string, leaving some room for the pudding to expand.
  3. Boil the Pudding:
    • Fill a large pot with enough water to submerge the pudding bag. Bring the water to a boil.
    • Lower the pudding bag into the boiling water, ensuring it is fully submerged. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
    • Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours. Check occasionally to ensure the water level remains constant, adding more boiling water if necessary.
  4. Make the Sauce (Optional):
    • In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and boiling water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
    • If a thicker sauce is desired, stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  5. Serve:
    • Carefully remove the pudding bag from the pot. Let it cool for a few minutes before unwrapping.
    • Slice the pudding and serve warm with the sauce drizzled over the top.


  • For Added Flavor: You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a tablespoon of rum to the pudding mixture.
  • Preventing Water from Entering the Bag: Ensure the bag is securely tied and there are no gaps where water can seep in.