Saturday, October 24, 2009

More pudding recipes

Amy over at Bitchin' Wives Club is living the dream in England.  She shared a recipe Friday that seemed suspiciously familiar to me.  I went to the cupboard to see what my great grandmother's recipe for date pudding looked like.

Here's my family recipe:

2 c. chopped dates
2 t. soda
2 c. hot water
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 c. nutmeats
1 t. vanilla
2 T. butter

Mix dates, soda and hot water, set aside to cool.  Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, cut in butter.  Add date mix, nuts and vanilla, stir until mixed.  Bake in a greased floured 8x8 pan at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.

My recipe is a little simpler, but it comes from a family recipe and may be 70-80 years old and is not fancied up by coffee flavors and other things.  It seems that my great grandmother truly used a recipe from Scotland, which is where my great grandfather is from.  Family legend has it that my great great great grandfather might have been a gardener at the Queen's summer retreat (this would have been Victoria) at Balmoral.  That I do not have verified, but I had great aunts attest to that fact.  I need some time and money to travel to the UK to check out my heritage.

Thanks for sharing the recipes Amy, I think I'm going to try the sauce on my pudding next time.  And maybe get cute little bowls for my puds, too.


Aliceson said...

I love old family recipes like this. My family used to make a plum pudding- similar to a fruit cake, I guess. I remember it was always a pain to make and personally I never cared for it (hello, fruit cake!) but it was tradition and the Irish in my family are sticklers for tradition.

Deb said...

Funny coincidence, everyone I read is making some sort of pudding already, tell me the holidays are NOT that close yet lol!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I like the recipes coming out this week on the blogs. Gets me in the mood for Fall cooking.

Riot Kitty said...

Yum yum! I am going to post recipes occasionally too, as I forage into cooking...provided I survive ;)

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

Oh this looks so good!!! What things do you make for the holidays? What have you already baked?

Wild Child said...

Hey Margaret, I've already made 12 dozen springerle cookies. I think I'll post on those tomorrow, because they are really cool!