Nati Kai
Written by: Marina Te Hei
10 Oct 2014

Marina Te Hei (Waipiro) shares her recipe for steam pudding.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 250gms butter
  • 1 tsp spice
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • Burnt sugar syrup - 4 tblspn sugar (add more sugar if you prefer darker) don't burn longer than necessary it will taste burnt and bitter.  Add 1 cup of water to burnt sugar.

Place flour and sugar into bowl, rub in butter until resembles breadcrumbs, add mix spice and baking soda.  Make a well in the middle and add beaten eggs.  Lastly add burnt sugar.  It should have a runny to cake mix consistency.  Steam for 2 hours.

Tukuna mai o whakaaro


cheeee aunt

How much Sugar (with flour) into bowl?

Oh did I forget to add the sugar to recipe. 1 1/2 cups added with flour. My apologies.

Kia ora Aunty I make particular one regularly and it's a smash with the whanau they loooooove it ! ! ! how ever do you steam you mixutre in roasting bag or mutton cloth placed in fruit tin as that is how i cook mine but just wondering if there are other variations of cooking this! cheers

Its amazing to know that through a simple steam pudding recipe that is shared, our fondest and most loving memories are of our mothers, aunties and nanas making this in our kitchens and Marae.
Thank you

Kapai hoki tenei. Ive always wanted to ask uncle miki haenga his recipe, I am from waipiro too whangai to Aunty Kune and Jack Leilua, nga mihi kia koe ....I'm going to try this tonite for our dessert.

i've started selling mine for $10 and they're very popular, I have a recipe that makes 4 puddings at a time, they come out really well i take extra care when rubbing the butter n flour and especially when burning the sugar, castor sugar in the flour mix and ordinary sugar for burning, all the best with yours

Nice and simple sounds yum

This is by far the BEST pudding. Have made this several times now.
follow it exactly.