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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Pudding

While thrift shopping recently, I came across this charming vintage tin. It's in beautiful condition. Since I love to cook I also love collecting kitchen cookware and gadgets. 
Can you guess what it's for?

 It's an old pudding mold. Not the kind of pudding that Americans think of. But old fashioned English pudding that's full of fruits, nuts and spices that gets steamed for hours filling the kitchen with 
holiday fragrance. 

My mother used to make a traditional carrot pudding for the holidays so I dug out the old recipe and gave it a try. Didn't it come out beautifully? I filled the center with whipped cream and served it with warm lemon sauce 
for my book club today.

The Recipe

Carrot Pudding

1 cup butter                                                                                                                  
1 cup brown sugar                                                            
2 eggs beaten                                                                   
1 cup grated carrots                                                          
1 cup peeled and grated apple                                           
1 cup raisins                                                              
1 cup flour 
1 cup fine bread crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat, then add carrots, raisins and apples. Stir in dry ingredients. Fill greased mold 2/3 full and cover with lid or foil and simmer 3 hours in large covered kettle filled with 1-2 inches of water. Remove mold from water, take off lid and turn upside down to unmold pudding onto large plate. Serve with whipped cream and lemon sauce.

Lemon Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups hot water
3 1/2 teaspoons butter
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a saucepan mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add water, butter, lemon and vanilla. Simmer until thick.  

Happy Holidays! 
I'll be joining
Masterpiece Monday
Open House Party
Tabletop Tuesday
Debbie's Newbie Party
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1 comment :

  1. I just bought a pair of thee pans for a few dollars today at a flea market. Thank you for posting about them because I had no idea what they were when I bought them.