Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guest Post: Is Christmas pudding - pudding?

Hello Deezert people! I have another guest post for you.

This time it's about Christmas! YAY!



Is Christmas pudding - pudding?
by Corina David
It’s been a while now since shops have started displaying their Christmas decorations and most importantly the Christmas goodies. Among them, the Christmas pudding seems to be just another type of dessert – nothing special.
But the British Christmas pudding is indeed a bit more special than that.
Take a look at these pictures:

One is a chocolate pudding, the other is sticky toffee pudding. One has a cream like consistency, the other one looks like a piece of cake. And then the list can go on: tapioca pudding, rice pudding, banana pudding. You can even buy pudding is sachets, just boil some milk and add some sugar. And you’ll get yourself two nice bowls of steaming pudding.
And finally, there is the Christmas Pudding.
The Christmas pudding is mainly a British Christmas dessert that doesn't have the custard like consistency of the pudding described above. It is a proper cake, made with lots of fruits and spices; a classic, favourite British dessert. It’s so famous that we even sing about it, without actually realising it:
“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheeer” (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
What are the main ingredients?
Sultanas, raisins, currants, almonds, orange or lemon peel, mixed spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, plain flour, eggs, sugar and something to make one merry indeed: a tiny little bit of alcohol: either brandy or rum. If you are interested in the recipe, you can find it here.
After all these mouth watering ingredients, it is easy to understand why the Christmas pudding is special. 
Just one more funny detail to keep in mind!
 You’ll want to remember King George I or the Pudding King. George was born in Hanover, in what is now Germany. At the age of 54, after the death of Queen Anne of Great Britain, he ascended the British throne – in 1714. As the Christmas of that year was his first Christmas in England, he requested that plum pudding (similar to the present Christmas pudding) be served as part of the royal feast.  
So you may want to go on with singing the carol “We won’t go until we get some/We won’t go until we get some” or pay a visit to Dunn’s Bakery to find more details about this special Christmas dessert.

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  1. Mmmm Mmmm! Now that's some HD stuff you got there! Good stuff!

  2. Now that ought'a boost the Christmas spirit! Nicely done!

  3. The reason it's a pudding and not a cake is because it is steamed, not baked.


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