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This Warm Gingerbread Pudding Recipe Is a Holiday Essential


If you can’t get enough of gingerbread flavors during the holiday season, look no further than this warm gingerbread pudding recipe from the Culinary Institute of America. It’s less chocolate pudding and more like a hybrid between fruitcake and a gingerbread cookie. Not only does it taste remarkably festive, but it’s also the perfect sweet ending to any celebratory dinner.

Warm Gingerbread Pudding

Recipe by The Culinary Institute of AmericaCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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This warm gingerbread pudding recipe is courtesy of the Culinary Institute of America.


  • Cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ cup crushed gingersnaps (divided use)

  • 1 cup ladyfinger crumbs

  • 6 large eggs

  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground cloves

  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

  • ⅛ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • ¼ cup candied lemon and/or orange peel, plus more for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and bring a tea kettle of water to a boil.
  • Generously coat a pudding mold or 2-quart soufflé dish with cooking spray and coat with ¼ cup of the crushed gingersnaps. Set the mold or soufflé dish on a kitchen towel in a deep baking pan.
  • Mix the remaining 1 cup of crushed gingersnaps and the ladyfinger crumbs together. Set aside.
  • Separate the eggs. Set aside, reserving the yolks and whites separately.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, and spices on medium speed until light in texture and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolks in 2–3 additions, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition and mixing until very smooth, 2 minutes more. Add half of the crumb mixture to the butter mixture and blend on low speed until evenly mixed.
  • In the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on low speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium and add the granulated sugar gradually. Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until medium peaks form when the beater is lifted.
  • Fold the remaining crumb mixture into the egg whites. Fold the egg white mixture into the butter mixture. Finally, fold in the currants and candied citrus peel. Spoon the batter into the prepared dish.
  • Cover the mold with its lid or with aluminum foil or parchment paper tied into place with kitchen string.
  • Place the pudding mold or soufflé dish in the baking pan on a pulled-out rack in the oven. Add enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the mold, carefully slide in the rack, and bake until the pudding is puffy, the sides have begun to pull away from the dish, and a skewer inserted near the center of the pudding has only a few moist crumbs clinging to it, about 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm, garnished with candied citrus peel.

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