National Plum Pudding Day:
National Plum Pudding Day celebrates a traditional Christmas dessert, also referred to as Christmas pudding. Learn about this delicious treat on February 12.
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Why National Plum Pudding Day?
Plum Pudding Day is devoted to a mouth-watering treat that does not contain plums, shockingly! Plums were known as raisins and any other kind of dried fruit during the 17th century when they were first made. Plum pudding is a steamed or cooked pudding commonly eaten on holiday (e.g., Christmas pudding).
The Plum pudding consists of a wide range of ingredients, including nutmeg, raisins, noodles, apples, cinnamons, and many more. In England, it is a tradition that each individual holds a household together at the same time to help with stirring the batter. They even need to make a wish when they move it!
The collect in the English Book of Common Prayer for the last Sunday before Advent starts with the sentence, “Stir up, we pray thee, the will, O Lord, of thy faithful peoples; that they put forth the fruit of the good works in abundance.” That led the Sunday, when Christmas pudding is made, to be known as Stir-up Sunday. It has been a tradition to keep a wooden spoon together in a household and make the batter stir. At least the children then make wishes. Small silver coins or other tokens are also used in the pudding and are served with warm brandy and placed on a round table when it is time to eat.
These puddings keep very well, and many are made during the Christmas season, sometimes on Easter and sometimes even on the following Christmas are eaten in the latter part of the year. It is appropriate that the National Plum Pudding Day takes place after a few weeks because it’s still new to eat if you’ve been making it a few months ago! This tradition has been around for years and nobody can actually prove its origin but it’s one mouth-watering holiday, and it brings people together and it grants wishes, nothing more you can ask from a plum pudding!
How can we celebrate National Plum Pudding Day:
There is no better way to celebrate National plum pudding day than to pull out the best recipes online or your traditional family recipe and bake the pudding with all your friends and family. Don’t have one? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
- Blend in a bowl or container the fruits, citrus fruits, peel, spices, and the suet. Put a quarter of a cup of cognac, cover well, and cool four days, and add 1/4 cup of cognac each day.
- In milk, sherry, or port, soak the bread chives. Combine eggs and sugar well-beaten. Mix with the mixture of berries. Add salt and blend well. In the buttered bowls or tins, put the pudding and fill in around 2/3. Tie it securely and cover it with foil. 6-7 hours Steam. Steam. Set in a 250°F oven for 30 minutes uncovered and put. Into each pudding, add a splash of cognac, cover with foil and keep cool.
- For 2-3 hours, steam and unmold again. Add the heated cognac, sprinkle with sugar. Please bring it to the table and Ignite it. Serve with sauce or cognac.
We can always volunteer to bake some pies for the homeless people after all everybody deserves some happiness on the holidays. You can also encourage your family and friends in doing so.
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Interesting facts about National Plum Pudding Day:
Here are some of the interesting facts about Plum Pudding,
- During the puritan reign, the plum pudding was banned in England as it was “sinfully rich,”
- In 1714 Mary Kettilby published one of the earliest recipes for plum pudding in a novel.
- In the novel of Anthony Trollope in 1858, the word “Christmas pudding” was the first to be used.
- Beef and moth, currants, grapes, prunes, spices, and wine were the first pudding ingredients. King George, I eventually decided in 1714 that it was supposed to be eaten with no meat.
History of National Plum-pudding Day:
Even though it’s been a tradition for years, there’s no specific incident that gave the spark to national plum-pudding day. However, it is still an enjoyable activity to make the pudding with your family and friends and join in the holiday spirit. The ritual of making a wish while stirring the pot binds the faith of people across all religions and, regardless of who they worship, everybody comes together as one to celebrate this day, and we think that’s a sweet enough history!