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Pumpkin Pudding

Soulmates pumpkin and spice come together to form a rich deliciously sweet pudding – so silky smooth you’ll want to take it to bed with you. A pudding that laughs in the face of cake, which can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or smothered in custard. This uncomplicated recipe will make others jealous of your baking prowess.

St Helena Pumpkin pudding

How to make Pumpkin Pudding

St Helena Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin Pudding is a old favourite on St Helena. Best enjoyed over a chat, with a cup of tea Learn how to make it with this easy to follow recipe.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Saint, Saint Helena, Saint Helena Island, St Helena, St Helena Island
Author The Saint Cooks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Oven Proof Dish


  • 900 g Cooked pumpkin (or Butternut Squash)
  • 225 g Plain Flour
  • 170 g Granulated Sugar
  • 57 g Butter
  • 150-200 g Mixed Fruit
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Mixed Spice


  • Peel, deseed, dice, boil and drain the Pumpkin.
  • Mash the Pumpkin.  Drain any access water. Add in the sugar and butter into the mashed Pumpkin while still hot.  
  • Mix well and allow to cool.
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, spices, mixed fruit and egg.  Mix in well.
  • Grease an ovenproof dish.
  • Pour the mixture into the dish and spread evenly.
  • Bake in a moderate oven at 350F / 180c / Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes. Until the pudding shrinks from the side of the dish. Baking times can differ depending on how much water is retained in the pumpkin.
  • Once baked, allow to slightly cool and tip out from the pan. Cut into squares. enjoy either hot or cold.  Great with a cup of tea or a glass of milk.  Saints love a nice piece of Pumpkin Pudding on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Memories about Pumpkin Pudding

We wanta hear about and record your memories about this recipe. What happened when you made it. Did your mum make it with a special ingredient. Share it with us and celebrate St Helena food!

   Memory from Emma-Jane Richards

Pumpkin Pudding was always something I seemed to have when visiting family and friends houses and was always a great treat now and again.  Mum preferred to make pumpkin fritters at home so I always preferred them  hot from the pan versus the cool set slices or squares pumpkin pudding is cut into.  It’s funny I have made pumpkin fritters dozens of times but only made a batch of pudding for the very first time for our family and friends at last year’s St Helenian’s Day.  I’d forgotten how good it tastes and now love a nice cup of hot tea and a slice or two from time to time.

   Memory from Robin Richards

Pumpkin Pudding is filled with nostalgia for me.  Going to see ‘old’ family relatives with my Grandpa, or any older person really, they would always have some Pumpkin Pudding to go with a cup of tea.  As a kid I wasn’t a huge fan of Pumpkin (I’ve grown into the taste) so didn’t fully appreciate its soft sweet taste until later in life.  Now whenever I’m lucky enough to enjoy a piece, it transports be back to those kitchen tables.

Memory from A Saint

Pumpkin pudding mmmmmmm….. with lots of fruit and spice. One of my favourite saint foods. Had never made it myself as I always took the easy way and made pumpkin fritters – quicker to make. Until one day one of my work colleagues brought in some greenskin pumpkin for us. We, of course, said mmmmm…. a nice bit of pumpkin pudding! one of my friends said that she and I would make pumpkin pudding and bring it to work for the rest of our colleagues the following day.  How hard could that be? After all, it was just pumpkin fritter mixture baked in the oven right? So, of course, I could make that. Pumpkin fritter mixture prepared and in the oven. One hour later it’s not done. Two hours later… still not done. Three hours later …. still not done! I gave up. Must have been the wrong kind of pumpkin…… A gloopy mess of a pumpkin pudding left on the kitchen table ready to bin the next morning. Imagine my surprise when the following morning the pudding looked like a proper pumpkin pudding! But the texture was rubbery. I couldn’t take that to work! I’m explaining how the pudding didn’t work out for me. The friend who brought the pumpkin was laughing when she heard the story and thought it was hilarious that I baked pumpkin fritter batter for three hours. It turned out that I needed to add an egg and some butter to the mixture and bake for three-quarters of an hour, remove from the oven and leave it to set for an hour or so. That was twenty years ago! Happy to say that my pumpkin puddings are now a family favourite. Try using different dried fruit combinations, coconut and chopped nuts.  Lovely!

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