About National Plum Pudding Day
Plum pudding, also known as Christmas pudding, is a traditional English dessert that has been a staple of the holiday season for centuries. It is a rich, dense, fruity pudding that is made with a mixture of dried fruits, such as raisins, currants, and sultanas, as well as nuts, spices, and sometimes a small amount of suet. The ingredients are mixed together and then steamed or boiled to create a dense, moist pudding that is often served with a variety of sweet sauces or brandy butter.
Plum pudding has a long history, with the first recorded recipes dating back to the 16th century. It is believed to have originated in medieval England, and it was originally made with minced meat, dried fruit, and spices, which were formed into a ball and then boiled.
Over time, the recipe evolved to become the sweet, fruity pudding that we know today, and it became a popular holiday tradition in many English-speaking countries, particularly in the United Kingdom.
Plum Pudding Recipe
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3 tablespoons butter
-2 cups milk
-2 cups pitted prunes, chopped
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt; stir well. Add butter and cook over low heat until mixture becomes bubbly. Gradually add milk; cook and stir constantly until mixture thickens.
3. Transfer mixture to the baking dish; spread evenly. Sprinkle with prunes, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes or until pudding is firm and golden brown.