Queen Mab’s pudding

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    8–10

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Winter Food

Winter Food

By Jill Norman

Published 2005

  • About

This splendid pudding is based on a recipe in Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery, published in 1845. Queen Mab was queen of the fairies to most 16th-century poets; in Romeo and Juliet she is the fairies’ midwife who gives birth to dreams; Ben Jonson, in Entertainment at Althorpe, calls her “mistris-Fairie“:

’This is Mab, the mistris-Fairie,

That doth nightly rob the dayrie;

And can hurt, or helpe the cherning,

(As shee p