Plum and Other Puddings


Fanny Lemira Gillett

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Tonight, we’ll read all about old-fashioned puddings from “The White House Cook Book” written by the house stewards in Washington DC, and published in 1887.

The original “pudding” was formed by mixing various ingredients with a grain product or other binder such as butter, flour, cereal, eggs, and/or suet, resulting in a solid mass. These puddings are baked, steamed, or boiled. Depending on its ingredients, such a pudding may be served as a part of the main course or as a dessert.

Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in Britain and British-influenced cultures.

Despite the name of "plum pudding", that particular pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word "plums" as a term for raisins.