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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 Pumpkin (or Butternut Squash)
  • 225 g Plain Flour
  • 170 g Sugar
  • 57 g Butter
  • 57 g Dried Fruit
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Grated Nutmeg
  • Mixed Spice


  • Peal, boil and drain the Pumpkin.
  • Mash the Pumpkin.  Add in the sugar and butter into the mashed Pumpkin while still hot.  Mix well.
  • Wait for the mixture to cool.
  • When mixture is cold, mix in the flour, baking powder, spices and egg.  Mix in well.
  • Grease an oven proof dish.
  • Pour the mixture into the dish and gently spread it out until you have a flat top.
  • Bake in a moderate oven at 350F / 180c / Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes. Until the pudding shrinks from the side of the dish.
  • Once baked, 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

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   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.

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