Elsie & Fleur

Six things you might not know about our humble Christmas pudding…

  1. It was once ‘banned’ by Oliver Cromwell as he felt it was gluttonous. He also tried to ban Christmas completely in 1644. Bah humbug!
  1. It was originally made with oats not wheat (but don’t forget we do do a gluten free option).
  1. In the 17th century the famous diarist Samuel Pepys called it ‘brave plum porridge’ as it was not so much a pudding in those days.
  1. King George I brought ‘Christmas pottage’ fully back into favour in 1714 when he declared how much he enjoyed it – proving celebrity endorsement meant a lot even in those days. It is fascinating to think two of our best-loved Christmas traditions – the pudding and the tree – are both things we need to thank the Germans for. King George and Prince Albert both being German.
  1. It was the Victorian’s who desired to use molds and basins so decided to opt for wheat as an ingredient to make the mix more spongy in consistency.
  1. In the 1700s meat, apart from suet, was removed from the pudding. Victorian cook Eliza Acton (1799-1859) published the first ever recipe for ‘Christmas pudding’ in 1830. It has remained and looked pretty similar ever since. Eliza is not a well-known name but she deserves much culinary recognition. The spinster from Kent’s book ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ was first published in 1845 and is a firm favourite with many of the country’s top chefs.

Written by Rachel Burks — November 05, 2014

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