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.
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