britishcreamtea :: Christmas Pudding
The traditional British Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce and a sprig of holy. The first recipes of this pudding came from the Middle Ages. In 1595, spirits, dried fruit, eggs, and breadcrumbs were added to the recipe and it became plum pudding. In 1664, it was banned by the Puritans as a lewd custom! In 1714, King George I re-established pudding as part of the Christmas feast even though the Quakers strongly objected, and people began sprinkling it with brandy and setting it aflame when serving it to their guests. The Christmas pudding was not a tradition in England until it was introduced to the Victorians by Prince Albert. By this time the pudding looked and tasted as it does today. The traditional cooking time takes about eight hours, with preparation taking even longer due to extensive marinating. The longer the fruit is marinated in brandy, cider, or both, the better it tastes and this could take weeks!