18th Century: Plum Pudding

Preparation info
  • Makes


    puddings using 16 cm 6¼ inch /No. 36) basins (moulds)
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Pride and Pudding: The History of British Puddings, Savoury and Sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2016

  • About

Probably the most loved and internationally famed pudding of all is the plum pudding, or Christmas pudding. It has its roots in the ancient Roman and haggis-type puddings, but along the way it lost the meat and became a sweet dish. Originally boiled in skins, then in a cloth and later, when it became the fashion, in moulds, it has changed surprisingly little over the past 300 years.

There are a lot of legends and claims made about the origins of the plum pudding. Some say it evolved