Monday, March 4, 2024

Old Fashioned Charm for Christmas with English Pudding


This recipe was given to us by Adrianne Bates, a senior resident of Blairstown. She shares this recipe from her grandmother’s cookbook entitled “Mrs. Beeton’s English Cookery” by Isabella Beeton.

” Christmas time always brings back memories of my grandmother’s delicious Christmas pudding. She would make bowls of it wrapped in cheese cloth which she shared with all our neighbors” Bates exclaimed.

Christmas Pudding

1 pound of beef suet, you may substitute vegetable shortenings or lard
2 ounces flour
½ pound raisins
¼ pound mixed peel which is orange, lemon and lime, chopped and cooked
½ ounces grated nutmeg
½ ounces mixed spices
½ ounces grated cinnamon
4 ounces of milk
1 wine glass of rum or brandy
½ a pound of breadcrumbs
½ a pound of sultanas – white raisins
¼ pound of currants
1 lemon juiced
2 ounces shredded coconut or shredded almonds
4 eggs
pinch of salt

In a bowl mix all dry ingredients well, add the milk and beat the eggs adding one at a time,
Add the peel and the rum or brandy and the strained lemon juice.
Put the mixture in a greased baking dish or floured pudding cloth, which is a cheese cloth or muslin fabric to cook in. It was popular in Victorian cooking.

Time – Boil for 4 hours or steam for at least 5 hours

Her grandmother used this cookbook often with 2,000 recipes and chapters on how to run a Victorian household. Check out these videos on Mrs. Beeton,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzRRqD9wJeY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Beeton’s_Book_of_Household_Management

Bates remembers her grandmothers’ holiday dinners which she prepared effortlessly, guided by her trusted cookbook.

About the author, Mrs. Beeton was a young Victorian homemaker with prim and proper values. She worked outside the home as a journalist who instructed her readers how to run a traditional Victorian home. She wrote many books in her short life, she was famous in England instructing Victorian woman in everyday life, a Martha Stewart of her time.

This book is not just a cookbook it contains 12 chapters instruction on how to run a
Victorian home. Table of content reads: labor saving, household works, servants’ duties, laundry work,
marketing, renovations, carving and trussing, the art of using-up, table decorations, table napkins, meals, menu and beverages.



Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.