While this vanilla sauce is intended expressly to be poured over Murray’s Steamed Fruit Pudding, you’ll want it on other desserts; it’s that good even by itself.

Steamed Fruit Pudding menu card found on Murray's Restaurant's tables
A Steamed Fruit Pudding card that was found on the table at Murray’s Restaurants
Vanilla Sauce Recipe for Murray's Steamed Fruit Pudding

Vanilla Sauce for Murray’s Steamed Fruit Pudding

Also known as Custard Sauce, this sauce is best served warm over warmed pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine English Canadian
Servings 6


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter salted or margarine may be substituted
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk


  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Blend in flour, stirring constantly until bubbly. Add enough hot milk to form a paste. 
  • Gradually stir in the remaining milk, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  
  • Place egg yolk in a bowl and stir in about ¼ of the hot mixture; avoid cooking the yolk and whisk constantly until smooth.  
  • Return the egg-yolk mixture to a saucepan and whisk over low heat until thickened.  
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool slightly. 


Murray’s always added a sliver of a maraschino cherry on the top of each serving.
Keyword custard sauce, deset, dessert, pudding sauce, steamed fruit pudding, steamed pudding
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A serving of Steamed Fruit Pudding without the vanilla sauce.
A serving of Steamed Fruit Pudding looks naked without the vanilla sauce.
Atora Vegetable Shedded Suet in its package
I use this Atora Vegetarian Suet in my version of Murray’s Steamed Fruit Pudding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Vanilla Sauce be prepared in advance?

The sauce can be made ahead, covered, refrigerated and reheated in the microwave on a low setting (4 on my 1200-watt) for about 25 seconds. 

What other desserts can I pour this sauce over?

I have tried bread pudding, warmed fruit cake, baked apple, and mince pie. It’s great all year round. Try it over ice cream, and add some spiced rum, too.

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This vanilla sauce, while intended expressly to be poured over Murray's Steamed Fruit Pudding, you'll want it on other desserts; even by itself, it's that good.
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