My Pioneer Cookbook Adventure: Traditional English Plum Pudding from 1903

This article is by far my favorite to write. I love old timey recipes and attempting to prepare them. But, alas, I haven’t had time to devote to this favorite past time of mine.

I wanted to share a recipe with you anyway. This recipe is on my list of things to try from the cookbook pictured below. Over the past year, I’ve been trying different recipes from this book, with different degrees of success.

The recipes are difficult to decipher at times. Words and measurements are sometimes different. There are no cooking temperatures. For me, however, that is part of the fun. I love cooking. So, attempting recipes from the days of my great grandmother is awesome. For me, it doesn’t get any better.

The following recipe is traditional to England, and, never really caught on here in the states. Perhaps it’s the dried fruit, or the fact that it’s boiled, for 5 hours, rather than baked for an hour. I really don’t know. It does intrigue me, however. And, if I do attempt this over the holidays, I will certainly let you all know how it went.

English Plum Pudding

For this recipe, you’ll need a pudding mold, such as the one below:

English Plum Pudding

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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This traditional British pudding is from the 1903 version of the Good Housekeeping Everyday Cookbook


Credit: Good Housekeeping Everyday Cookbook 1903

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fine bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces each: lemon, orange and citron peel cut into fine shreds
  • 1/2 ounce mixed spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1/4 pound chopped apple
  • 1/2 tsp minced lemon rind
  • 1/2 pound sugar
  • 3/4 pound chopped raisins
  • 3/4 pound currants
  • 1 pound flour
  • 1 pound finely shredded fat (suet, lard, butter, etc)
  • 6 eggs
  • milk as needed

Directions

  1. Mix first 10 ingredients thoroughly in bowl.
  2. Then add eggs and milk, if needed, to make a stiff batter
  3. Pour into pudding mold.
  4. Boil for 5-6 hours

Until next time, namaste my friends!

Tamara

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, ROHP/RNCP wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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