The Publisher’s Pudding

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      4 hr 30

Appears in

Modern Cookery for Private Families

By Eliza Acton

Published 1845

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  • Jordan almonds, 6 oz.
  • bitter almonds, 12
  • cream, ¾ pint
  • bread-crumbs, 4 oz.
  • cream wrung from almonds, ½ pint
  • crushed macaroons, 4 oz.
  • flour 2 oz.
  • beef-suet, 5 oz.
  • marrow, 5 oz.
  • Dried cherries, 4 oz.
  • Stoned Muscatel raisins, 4 oz.
  • pounded sugar, 6 oz.
  • candied citron (or citron and orange-rind mixed), ½ lb.
  • pinch of salt; ½ nutmeg
  • grated rind, 1 lemon
  • Yolks of eggs, 7
  • best cognac, 1 wineglassful


This pudding can scarcely be made too rich. First blanch, and then beat to the smoothest possible paste, six ounces of fresh Jordan almonds, and a dozen bitter ones; pour very gradually to them, in the mortar, three quarters of a pint of boiling cream; then turn them into a cloth, and wring it from them again with strong expression. Heat a full half pint of it afresh, and pour it, as soon as it boils, upon four ounces of fine bread-crumbs, set a plate over, and leave them to become nearly cold; then mix thoroughly with them four ounces of maccaroons, crushed tolerably small; five of finely minced beef-suet, five of marrow, cleared very carefully from fibre, and from the splinters of bone which are sometimes found in it, and shred not very small, two ounces of flour, six of pounded sugar, four of dried cherries, four of the best Muscatel raisins, weighed after they are stoned, half a pound of candied citron, or of citron and orange rind mixed, a quarter saltspoonful of salt, half a nutmeg, the yolks only of seven full-sized eggs, the grated rind of a large lemon, and last of all, a glass of the best Cognac brandy, which must be stirred briskly in by slow degrees. Pour the mixture into a thickly buttered mould or basin, which contains a full quart, fill it to the brim, lay a sheet of buttered writing-paper over, then a well-floured cloth, tie them securely, and boil the pudding for four hours and a quarter; let it stand for two minutes before it is turned out; dish it carefully, and serve it with the German pudding-sauce.

Obs.— This pudding, which, if well made, is very light as well as rich, will be sufficiently good for most tastes without the almonds: when they are omitted, the boiling cream must be poured at once to the bread-crumbs.