Christmas Pudding

Preparation info
  • Serves


    (fills a 1¼ litre 2 pt 1⅓ quart mould)
    • Difficulty


Appears in
How to Cook The Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe

By Annie Gray and Andrew Hann

Published 2020

  • About

Christmas pudding has its origins in the late medieval plum pottage – a rich, spiced mix of dried fruit, beef and gravy. ‘Plum’ was just a generic term for any dried fruit (although, confusingly, ‘sugarplums’ meant sugared almonds). Plum pottage was sufficiently expensive to become associated with feasting, especially in the winter, as the ingredients did not rely upon fresh produce. By the 18th century the pottage had become a pudding, with the addition o