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Since medieval times, the plum pudding has been associated with Christmas in England and Ireland. My mother is from Ireland, and every year, my family makes a plum pudding for the holidays. The recipe I use came to me from my mother and grandmother, though it is likely much older.
Making a plum pudding is quite a lengthy process. A long list of ingredients are involved, but no plums! One day is used to gather and prepare all the ingredients and supplies. The next day, we mix everything together. Every family member takes it in turn to stir the pudding batter twelve times and make a wish.
After the pudding is mixed, it’s boiled and cooked, then whiskey is added. The whiskey flavors and preserves the pudding. In my family, everyone sneaks and adds extra whiskey, which usually prompted my mum to ask, “Who’s been messing about with the plum pudding?” Once it has absorbed the whiskey for several weeks, it is ready to serve, but it can actually last a year if you keep adding whiskey to it each week.
On the big day, the pudding is boiled once more. To serve it, we turn out the lights, the pudding is put in place of pride, doused once more with whiskey, and lit on fire! Then, we serve it up with hard sauce, which has (you guessed it) more whiskey…
Have you ever tried plum pudding?
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