I hope all of you had a wonderful time with your family and friends over the Christmas season. I realize Christmas has been over for three days but I thought I'd share this old recipe for Christmas Pudding. If you're like me you've read about the Christmas Plum Pudding over and over again. Or remember it being mentioned during Dickens's the Christmas Carol or other works of literature during the 19th Century and even the first half of the 20th Century.
Anyway without further ado: Here is a Christmas Plum Pudding recipe from 1860
Old English Christmas Plum Pudding.—The Harrisburg Telegraph furnishes its readers with a recipe for the real "Old English Christmas Plum Pudding." After having given this pudding a fair test, I am willing to endorse every word of it, and wish for the holiday to- come oftener than once a year:
"To make what is called a pound pudding, take of raisins well stoned, but not chopped, currants thoroughly washed, 1 lb. each • chop 1 lb. of suet very finely and mix with them;, acid 1-4 lb. of flour or bread very finely crumbled;. 3 oz.. of sugar; 1 1-2 oz. of grated lemon peel, a blade of mace, 1-2 of a small nutmeg, 1 teaspoonful of ginger, 1-2 doz. eggs well beaten; v^ork it well together, put it in a cloth, tie it firmly, allowing room to swell, put it into boiling water, and boil not less than two hours. It should not be suffered to stop boiling." The cloth, when about to be used, should be dipped into boiling water, squeezed dry, and floured; and when the pudding is done, have a pan of cold water ready, and dip it in for a moment as soon as it comes out of the pot, which prevents the pudding from sticking to the cloth. For a clip-gravy for this or other puddings, see the "Biscuit Pudding, without Re-Baking,"
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