12 servings

This moist, golden pudding--lavishly garnished with fruits, nuts, and spices of the season--will make a perfect finale to your elegant holiday meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Grease a pudding mold (at least 7 cups, but up to 10 cups will work). Set aside. Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring well with a wire whisk; set aside.

Step 2

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in pumpkin and pecans. Gradually add flour mixture; mix just until blended.

Step 3

Pour mixture into prepared mold; cover with lid. Place mold on a rack in a Dutch oven. Add boiling water to Dutch oven to halfway up mold. Bring water to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Step 4

Remove mold from Dutch oven; let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes. Remove pudding from mold; garnish, if desired. Serve warm with Maple Sauce.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999

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