Six things you might not know about our humble Christmas pudding…
- It was once ‘banned’ by Oliver Cromwell as he felt it was gluttonous. He also tried to ban Christmas completely in 1644. Bah humbug!
- It was originally made with oats not wheat (but don’t forget we do do a gluten free option).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.