Saturday, November 20, 2010

"This recipe is over 100 years old..."

Or at least that's what it said on my grandma's original newspaper-cutting! She copied it out for me back in 1990, when the cutting was hardly new. So now my Christmas Pudding recipe (carefully laminated to preserve her writing) must be at least 150 years old! It still makes a jolly good pud, as I intend to prove this afternoon...

15 comments:

Serenata said...

The old tried and tested recipes are always the best!

Angela said...

I put grated carrot in MY puds too [but not mashed potatoes]
That phrase "Atora will do" is wonderful!
And my recipe originally required brandy, but being from a teetotal family, we have always substituted cold tea. Intrigued that yours has no added liquid!
Blessings x

Nana Go-Go said...

Wow! Who needs Nigella, eh?!Can`t wait to see the finished Pud. x

Elizabethd said...

My pudding recipe is 50 years old, but I'm not making them this year. I'm sure yours will be delicious!

Heidi said...

It's these things that are passed down that are the true treasures! how lovely that you have this!

Toby Tea Cozy said...

Oh that's lovely, I'm a really sentimental person and a sucker for a family recipe! I started to encourage my other half to write down our favourites, like his chilli recipe with its own special spice mix to preserve them for future generations!

marigold jam said...

Will you make a wish as you stir? We don't care for Christmas puds so I don't make them and haven't even made a cake this year as it looks like being just the 2 of us. Will probably make some sort of cake nearer the time though.

Jane

Lululiz said...

I was really surprised to see grated carrots and MASHED POTATOES in the recipe, I had no idea it could be made with such ingredients. Mind you, being a Kraut and not having grown up with Xmas puds, I am somewhat at a disadvantage, lol. I don't make them, I buy them, and I absolutely adore them, with lashings of brandy butter and cream. YUM.

Brenda Leyland said...

Ohhh... have fun stirring and tasting and smelling!

Sarah said...

Good girl! Enjoy the lovely smells that come into the kitchen while making this pudding. Do you put wrapped coins in your puds on Christmas day? My grandmother always used to but then she stopped doing it and we'd make her go and wrap some and poke them in while we waited. Honestly grandmothers sometimes! Our girls want the same thing now.

Andi's English Attic said...

How lovely to have a recipe for such a special occasion handed down to you. Nothing like that in my family. I'm the one who's going to start it. I've been using the same Christmas pudding recipe for the past 20 or so years and it always goes down well. xx

Sarah said...

I've got my Gran's old recipe book, which has Christmas cake recipes in from the 1940s and 50s, seems she tried a different one each year! I think I'm going to have a go at one this year as we've got family coming to us for Christmas day (our first in our new house!).

TheMadHouse said...

Oh we are stiring it up tomorrow! I am using my grans receipe too

Maggie B said...

It's wonderful that you have your Grandma's recipe and the family tradition continues through you.
Bet the kitchen was smelling heavenly yesterday.
For my mincemeat this year I'm trying a brand new recipe from the Hairy Bikers, if you have a chance pop up to Normandy for a sneek peek.
Maggie

Purrfect Haven said...

seriously old - but good I bet. Love Helen x