Wednesday, June 19, 2013

And after the Frost, Pudding.

After the previous two days on Polar food, I think we need something comforting, don’t you?
Some long time ago I came across a reference to “Golden Pudding” but at the time could not find any specific recipes. I have just revisited the concept, and thanks to progress in cyber-space, I can now report that there are several variations on the theme of Golden Pudding, and none of them sound bad.

Golden Pudding.
Ingredients.— ¼ lb. of bread-crumbs, ¼ lb. of suet, ¼ lb. of marmalade, ¼ lb. of sugar, 4 eggs. Mode.—Put the breadcrumbs into a basin; mix with them the suet, which should be finely minced, the marmalade, and the sugar; stir all these ingredients well together, beat the eggs to a froth, moisten the pudding with these, and when well mixed put it into a mould or buttered basin ; tie down with a floured cloth, and boil for 2 hours. When turned out, strew a little finesifted sugar over the top, and serve. '
Time.—2 hours. Average, cost, IId. Sufficient for 5 or 6 persons. Seasonable at any time.
Note.—The mould may be ornamented with stoned raisins, arranged in any fanciful pattern, before the mixture is poured in, which would add very much to the appearance of the pudding. For a plainer pudding, double the quantities of the bread-crumbs; and if the eggs do not moisten it sufficiently, use a little milk.
Mrs. Beeton's Dictionary of Every-day Cookery, 1865

Phyllis Browne’s A Year’s Cookery, published in 1879, gives a similar recipe to Mrs. Beeton’s, but adds “a little sherry is a very agreeable accompaniment,” which sounds like a good suggestion to me.

Golden Pudding.
Line and ornament small pudding dish with puff pastry.  Beat 2 tablespoons Crisco with 4 
tablespoons sugar till creamy, add 4 tablespoons cakecrumbs, yolks 3 eggs beaten with ½  cup milk, ½ teaspoon salt, grated rind and strained juice 2 oranges. Pour into pudding dish, and bake 40 minutes. Whip up egg whites to stiff froth, stir in 3 tablespoons sugar, few drops yellow color, 1 teaspoon orange extract, and pile on top of pudding. Put back in oven to brown.

The Story of Crisco, (Cincinnati, 1914) Marion Harris Neil

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