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Old 09-30-2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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I was told that everyone in the house had to give the pudding a stir for good luck in the coming months, nice custom, most likely started by a cook with a tired arm!

I would like to try making an old style steamed pudding.

I have been told that I could use frozen vegetable shortening that has been squeezed through a ricer as a substitute for suet.

Does that sound feasible to you?
And you made a wish as you stirred. Mine eventually came true. Every Christmas I wished for a horse and after many years I got one - mind you, I had to buy it myself .

Traditionally, Christmas puddings were made on the last Sunday in November, This was called "Stir Up Sunday" because (in the Church of England) the collect for the day went "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; ...... Amen." A useful reminder to the cook.

Yes, it would be very like the vegetable suet I bought but it comes down to the lack of keeping which was my problem.

"I would like to try making an old style steamed pudding" Good rib-sticking cold weather food either sweet or savoury!
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #12
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I love old traditions that go with food. Specially holiday food. It makes it taste better for some reason.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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My grandma called it Suet Pudding and served it with hard sauce. Her recipe calls for suet that is put through the meat grinder three times with the raisins and part of an orange. She added 1 c sweet milk, 1 c brown syrup, 2 c flour, 1 tsp baking soda, a bit of salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp allspice and candied fruit and nuts "to suit." I don't know if she baked it/steamed it first and kept it someplace to age or not. I'd have to ask my aunt since her memory hasn't failed, yet. I have a vague memory of steaming it, letting it cool, and wrapping it in a dishtowel soaked with brandy...and putting it away, or maybe that was fruitcake...

My grandma would steam it for 2 hours on Christmas Eve and serve it with either brandied hard sauce or lemon sauce. The lemon sauce was 2 c sugar 4 T butter, creamed well, 2 eggs, and juice of one large lemon. This was cooked until thick. I haven't made it since I lived at home with my parents, many, many moons ago. I don't know that "veggie" suet would work in my grandma's recipe...some recipes don't convert to vegetarian recipes. This might be one of them.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
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I love old traditions that go with food. Specially holiday food. It makes it taste better for some reason.
The memories and love associated with the foods probably is what makes them taste so much better. That might explain why some people do like lutefisk at Christmas time...
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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I have been searching for a simple steamed pudding recipe and came across an idea that is new to me.

Instead of using a traditional pudding mold some people use wide mouth canning jars. They steam the pudding in the jars and then tighten the bands and lids to seal them as they cool.

I am wondering if any of you have used this method and have a TNT recipe for a pudding that uses this method.

I think it would be a great gift idea using 4 ounce or 8 ounce quilted jelly glasses.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #16
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I have been searching for a simple steamed pudding recipe and came across an idea that is new to me.

Instead of using a traditional pudding mold some people use wide mouth canning jars. They steam the pudding in the jars and then tighten the bands and lids to seal them as they cool.

I am wondering if any of you have used this method and have a TNT recipe for a pudding that uses this method.

I think it would be a great gift idea using 4 ounce or 8 ounce quilted jelly glasses.

Thanks for your help!

As you can see it didn't come through.

Sounds like a plan. A small checkered swatch of cloth on top and tied with a thin type ribbon. You can attach a message on a small card with a hole punch.
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As you can see it didn't come through.

Sounds like a plan. A small checkered swatch of cloth on top and tied with a thin type ribbon. You can attach a message on a small card with a hole punch.
Not only did it not come through, it was FORBIDDEN!! That makes it even more intriguing.
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You don't have. Christmas pudding in the US ?
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:14 PM   #20
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I've never known anyone who made Christmas pudding. Somehow it didn't make it across the pond
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