#71 -"If I could work my will," said
Scrooge, indignantly, "every idiot who
goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with
his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He
should!" Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
That lethal pudding Scrooge invokes is undoubtedly the traditional Victorian plum pudding, our theme for this
Special Edition of The VIC Pictorial!
So grab a nog and settle back for some Christmas cheer:
Let's get crafting...
- A FREE Victorian vintage image of an authentic Plum
Pudding - with that vicious stake of holly!
- A traditional Plum Pudding
Recipe for the trusty ol' Crock Pot.
- An exclusive VIC holiday message from the Queen of Crafting, Carol Duvall!
- The strange case of the "missing
cinnamon" from last week's Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars recipe.
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Christmas pudding, or plum pudding,
is a steamed cake, heavy with dried fruit (yes, plums!) and nuts, and
usually made with suet. It is very dark in appearance as a result of
the dark sugars and black treacle in most recipes, and its long cooking
time. The mixture can be moistened with the juice of citrus fruits,
brandy and other alcohol.
The pudding took its traditional cannon-ball shape during the Victorian
period, when the puddings were wrapped in a cloth bag and steamed.
Traditionally a winter recipe, it became more and more associated with
Christmas. There are recipes dating back to the 1400s, but it was the
19th century 'Martha Stewart,' Eliza
Acton who first referred to it as "Christmas Pudding" in her
Want to have a true Victorian Christmas? Get out ye old traditional
Crock Pot and steam up your own Plum Pudding!
Plum puddings were frequently brought as gifts to Christmas parties.
The vintage image above would be perfect as your gift tag!
Traditional Plum Pudding
Adapted for the crock pot in Crockery
Cookery by Mable Hoffman. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
4 slices bread, torn up
1 cup milk
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
6 oz finely chopped or ground suet (raw beef fat)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground mace
2 cups raisins
1 cup pitted dates, cut up
1/2 cup mixed candied fruits and peels, chopped
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Soak bread in milk; beat. Stir in eggs, sugar, juice, suet, and
vanilla. In large bowl, combine flour with soda, salt and spices. Add
fruits and nuts. Mix well. Stir in bread mixture. Pour into
2-qt mold. Cover tightly with foil. Place on metal rack or trivet in
slow-cooking pot with 1 inch water. Cover pot and cook on high for 5
to 6 hours. Cool in pan 10 minutes; unmold.
A Victorian would not recognize this as plum pudding without a large
sprig of holly stuck in the top. Serve warm, plain, or with
hard sauce. The Joy of Cooking
recommends storing the pudding in a cool place, with 1/2 cup of brandy
poured over it.
The Joy of Christmas Crafting
by Carol Duvall
A personal message to VIC
A short time ago,
Scott asked if I would write a
words to you about the Joy of Christmas Crafting. I agreed to the “joy”
part, but made no promise about managing to do it in a few words.
who has done
any Christmas crafting, whether for themselves or for others as gifts,
knows the joy that can come from it. This year I was blessed with a
very special, many-faceted experience.
Almost a year ago, I offered to
decorate a tree this month for the local Habitat For Humanity tree
decided to decorate a tree with sparkling white lights and dozens and
and dozens of white German stars. So I did. It took many many hours of
and stringing but the end result was beautiful. Even better, it was a
family effort. My son applied the lights and my
daughter-in-law helped hang the ornaments!
We shared the pleasure
of actually making the
stars, the delight of the finished tree, and the satisfaction of having
folks bidding many dollars to take it for their own home! Most
important, we knew those dollars were going to a worthy cause.
That single tree helped us celebrate the joy of Christmas crafting
and a Happy Crafting New Year to you!
(Read Carol's 2009 interview at http://www.vintageimagecraft.com/carol-duvall.html)
Corrected Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars Recipe
We accidentally forgot to include
the cinnamon in the Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars recipe last
like forgetting the ginger. Or the bread. Thank you Suzy, Mark, Vera
and others for noticing!
But it is worth quoting Celeste again: "These are
to die for. I ate one without the maple syrup and then later one with
maple syrup....OH YEAH! Gotta use the syrup! My house
smelled wonderful while they were baking too!"
Here is the corrected recipe:
Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup solid pack pumpkin (about half a 15oz can)
2 tbs molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbs confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square pan with nonstick
Beat eggs with electric mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Add brown
sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Add
pumpkin, molasses and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger; stir to blend. Add
to pumpkin mixture, stir well, and pour into prepared pan. Bake 20
minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool 10 minutes in the pan; invert onto platter. Sprinkle with
confectioners' sugar. We like to drizzle some warm maple syrup on top.
Recipe from the Bellingham Herald,
Jill Wendholt Silva.
We're taking a little road trip from Washington back down to Los
Angeles to visit brothers, sisters and friends at Christmas! The laptop
will be at our side, or on our lap, so feel free to write with your
questions and ideas, as always.
The January issue of The VIC Pictorial
will be out around January 20, so expect a lavish display of public
affection. We call it Valentine's Day.
We have some card ideas that will make you dizzy with romance.
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