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Catholic Recipe: Plum Pudding 5

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound seedless raisins, chopped
  • 1/4 pound candied peels citron, orange, lemon, chopped
  • 1/4 pound figs, chopped
  • 1/2 pound beef suet, chopped
  • 4 cups fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cider or fruit juice
  • sherry flavoring to taste
  • 6 eggs, beaten Sauce:
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • vanilla
  • sherry flavoring to taste
  • Details

  • Serves: 6-8
  • Prep Time: 5 1/2-6 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: England

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Also Called: Christmas Pudding

This dessert, a famous national Christmas dish in England from medieval times, is made of ground or hacked plums, flour, eggs, bread crumbs, and various other ingredients (fruits and spices). It used to be bound up in a cloth, boiled on Christmas morning, and served with great ceremony, often saturated with alcohol and set aflame while being borne into the dining room, as Dickens describes so vividly in his A Christmas Carol.

DIRECTIONS

Mix fruits, suet, bread crumbs, spices. Add flour, sugar, salt, fruit juice, flavoring, beaten eggs; stir until smooth. Fill pudding mold 2/3 full. Tie oiled paper tightly over top; put mold into saucepan of boiling water. Steam 5-6 hours. Sauce: Beat egg yolks. Add sugar; continue beating until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Flavor with vanilla, sherry. Serve over warm pudding. Yield, 6-8 servings

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965
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