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Easy to make and very satisfying to eat, this is a traditional British dessert.
1. Butter a 6-cup heatproof bowl. Pour in the golden syrup and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Add enough cold water to come about 1in (2.5cm) up the sides of a large saucepan, and bring to a boil.
2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking powder, and salt together. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the zest, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in half the flour mixture, then the milk, then the remaining flour.
3. Transfer the batter to the prepared bowl. Cover with a double layer of parchment paper then a piece of aluminum foil, crimping the foil securely.
4. Lower the bowl into the saucepan of water. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1½ hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the pudding comes out clean, adding more boiling water to the pot if needed.
5. Remove the bowl from the water. Let stand 5 minutes, then remove the foil and paper. Invert and unmold the pudding onto a serving plate. Serve hot, with additional warmed syrup passed on the side to drizzle over each serving.
Good with vanilla sauce, heavy cream, or vanilla ice cream.
Nutritional information is based on 6 servings and using 1 tablespoon of butter for the bowl.
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