Make a Christmas Pudding
Edited by Robbi, Eng, Lynn, Maria Quinney
Plum pudding or Christmas pudding is a pudding which is steamed or boiled. It is very common to eat it at Christmas, but it is also traditional at any British holiday.
The steamed puddings are becoming more popular in the United States as well, perhaps because of a desire to create more traditional holidays. Many people today are seeking out new recipes and new methods to make a traditional steamed Christmas pudding.
Plum pudding trivia
Plum pudding has no plums in it; however, in Medieval times, raisins or other dried fruits were known as plums, which is where plum pudding or Christmas pudding gets its name.
It's interesting to note that the Puritans in England and again in America outlawed Christmas pudding, which may be why it never quite caught on in the United States until now.
The Puritans were plain living people who believed that plum pudding was so rich that it was sinful, and so they did not allow it to be made. In old England, silver charms or silver coins were placed inside the pudding and whoever received them got to keep the extra money.
Items you will need
- 11/2 cup sugarAdvertisement
- 21/2 cup butterAdvertisement
- 31/2 cup evaporated milk
- 41 3/4 cups flour
- 51 egg slightly beaten
- 61/2 cup raisins
- 71/2 cup golden raisins
- 81/2 cup dried apricots
- 91/3 cup molasses
- 101/2 tsp. baking soda
- 111 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 121/2 cup pecans (optional-check for allergies)
- 133/4 cups apples, finely chopped
- 141 tsp. cinnamon
- 151/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 161/4 ts.p apple pie spice
- 17A two quart oven proof pudding basis (usually made of salt glazed stoneware)
Steps to make a Christmas pudding
- You may substitute apricot nectar and brandy in equal proportions instead of using the milk in this recipe.
- Puddings can be made in small basins and steamed for about 1.5-2 hours.
- Omit the nuts if there are people who have allergies.