Friday, December 6, 2019

Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (or Plum) Pudding Recipes by Kristin Holt



Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (or Plum) Pudding
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Christmas is around the corner, again, and I'm reminded of those family recipes whose aromas evoke myriad memories of holidays gone by. My living grandmother will be 100 on her next birthday. She still made her famous Christmas Pudding (essentially Plum Pudding) every year until she hit age 90. I still miss its one-of-a-kind flavor... a treat so rich it needed the whipping cream to cut the hard sauce and "pudding" (cake).


Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (and Plum) Pudding. "Oh, Bring Us a Figgy Pudding" ~ Old English Christmas Carol. Stylized by Kristin Holt.


Today I want to share a handful of vintage recipes for English Plum Pudding, Fig Pudding, and other Christmas pudding delicacies. Sources are listed in publication order, and citations are noted in image footers or quotation block final lines. All were published in the United States, and all were originally presented in the late-nineteenth century.

1885:


 
Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Figgy (and Plum) Pudding. English Plum Pudding recipe published in 1885 in The Homemade Cook Book.
English Plum Pudding, 1885, The Homemade Cook Book.

1889:


Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (and Plum) Pudding. Fig Pudding Recipe from The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes, published 1889.
Fig Pudding Recipe, pp164-165: The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Receipts (1889).

1890:

Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (and Plum) Pudding
Christmas Plum Pudding and two sauce recipes, published in 1890 by Improvement Society of the Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey.


 1892:



Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Figgy (or Plum) Pudding. Two recipes for Plum Pudding, published 1892 in The Columbian Cook Book Containing Reliable Rules for Plain and Fancy Cooking.
Two Plum Pudding Recipes from The Columbian Cook Book Containing Reliable Rules for Plain and Fancy Cooking. Published 1892.


 1895:


 
Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (and Plum) Pudding. Fig Pudding recipe, 1895, from Three Hundred Tested Recipes, 2nd edition.
Fig Pudding, 1895, Three Hundred Tested Recipes.

 
Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (and Plum) Pudding. 1895 Christmas Plum Pudding from The Boston Globe, December 15, 1895.
Christmas Plum Pudding from The Boston Globe, Boston, Mass., December 15, 1895.

 1903:

Kristin Holt | Victorian-American Christmas Figgy (or Plum) Pudding. A Fig Pudding recipe published 1903 by Mrs. Mary Harris Frazier in Kentucky Receipt Book.
Fig Pudding Recipe, published 1903 in Kentucky Receipt Book by Mary Harris Frazier.

Invitation:

After a peek at these vintage recipes, what do you think? Did ingredients or cooking methods surprise you? How about the length of boiling time to prepare the pudding?

Do you have a vintage family-heirloom recipe for Christmas pudding? Have you tasted Victorian-era or Edwardian-era "figgy pudding"? Please tell us about it. (Scroll down to the "conversation" fields.)

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