Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
A&E >  Food

Pudding plum fantastic

The Spokesman-Review

Add some old-world flair to your holiday celebration with this Old English Plum Pudding from the Dorothy Dean Homemaker Service files.

For a more dramatic presentation follow the directions below for serving the pudding flaming.

Old English Plum Pudding

From Dorothy Dean Homemaker Service

2 cups raisins

1 cup currants

6½ cup cut-up candied cherries

¼ cup cut-up citron

¼ cup cut-up dates

Grated rind of 1 orange

Grated rind of 1 lemon

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup finely chopped suet

1 ½ cups fine dry bread crumbs

3 eggs

½ cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1 cup sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon cloves

½ cup grape juice

Hard Sauce (recipe follows)

Mix prepared fruits, rinds, nuts, suet and bread crumbs in large bowl. Beat eggs; gradually beat in sugar and molasses. Sift dry ingredients; add alternately with grape juice to egg mixture. Pour batter over prepared fruit-crumb mixture; mix to blend thoroughly. Spoon into two greased 1 ½-quart molds, filling no more than two-thirds full. Cover tightly. Place on a rack, add boiling water to come halfway up the side of the mold. Cover and steam 3 to 4 hours, adding water as necessary. Cool, then wrap. Store in a cool place or freeze. Before serving, resteam puddings for 1 to 1 ½ hours until heated through. Serve with Hard Sauce: Cream ½ cup butter; blend in 1 teaspoon vanilla or 2 or 3 tablespoons brandy. Gradually stir in about 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

Note: To serve pudding flaming, warm several tablespoon of brandy; light then ladle, flaming, over pudding.

Yield: 16 servings

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Spokane7 email newsletter

Get the day’s top entertainment headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.

Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.