Thursday, February 16, 2012

A bit more cooking.

As promised, I'm back with more of my Grandmere's recipes.
This Xmas Pudding is steamed in a double boiler and every time I see the recipe I think of Dickens'  "A Christmas Carol,"  or at least the Alastair Sim movie version.  Tiny Tim says to his sister on Christmas morning.  "Come, Martha.  Let's go hear the pudding singing on the hearth."
The original recipe called for diced beef suet, but that word is anathema to most people today, so I "modernized"  the recipe for this lower-fat generation.
  Aldina's Xmas Pudding:
1/3 cup canola oil                                         1/3 cup applesauce
3 cups sifted AP flour                                   1 cup molasses
1 cup milk, sweet or sour                             1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder                                        1 cup raisins
1 t. each, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix together the oil and applesauce, then milk and molasses.
Add to dry ingredients and mix.  Fold in raisins, dredged in flour.
Grease top portion of a good sized double boiler and ladle in pudding.  Fill only 2/3 full since pudding will expand as it cooks.
Cover and steam on low heat for 3 - 3 1/2 hours till set.  Serve with warm Tart Sauce.

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