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ImageNEILMUIR1
Aug 15, 2010 2:25 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Patricia, sometimes they are called 'Plum Puddings' but there is a lot of Regional cooking in the UK. There is a big north-south divide as well, with the north being poor and the south very affluent.
That recipe is my grandmas and they did not have fridges or freezers at all in the early 1900s, so everything was kept in the cold north facing pantry!
As you know sugar and alcohol are great preservatives, so when it is kept as airtight as they could get it, it does not go off at all. i have eaten these at well over a year old and they are fantastic, believe me. If you buy a shop bought one, they are never frozen, just wrapped up.
There is another pudding called Plum Duff, and people get confused with that and this, they are different in a lot of respects.
I used to know a girl who worked in a teaching Hospital doing post mortems, she used to keep her lunchbox in the fridge with the body parts. nobody ever stole her lunch.
Regards.
Neil.
patrob
Aug 15, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
My husband said your recipe is just about the way he remembers the puddings his professor shared. The professor and his wife were from Scotland. I never even thought about the freezer in the lab before your comment about the girl putting her lunch in the hospital refrigerator. He said it was a large, room-sized freezer in which the researchers at the University of Minnesota stored parts of animals, well wrapped, of course. Come to think of it, there are parts of animals in my freezer right now! Also well wrapped. Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageNEILMUIR1
Aug 16, 2010 12:41 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Patricia, my granddad was Scottish and my grandma from Yorkshire which may account why the family recipes are simple! As I said on one of the post on here and lately, Christmas has become so commercialized people have forgotten what it is really about! They already have Santa's Grotto in the top west end stores since August 1st! My mother makes a lot of Christmas puddings as she gives some away as Christmas gifts, for I would prefer a homemade pudding rather than the junk gifts they sell for Christmas nowadays! As they are extremely filling you can make a small one enough for two people or even smaller ones just for one! They are like a chutney in that you must let them mature to get the best out of them. Once eaten they are never forgotten as you remember them and want more. Doris (Karaoke), asked for the recipe and she left England after the second world war as a war bride and she still remembers them after all that time.
Treat your Husband and make some!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
ImageMaryE
Nov 12, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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Neil, do you have the recipe for Plum Duff? I want to make a steamed pudding for Christmas. I already do my own version of fruitcake which is baked. I start with my banana bread recipe and stir in nuts and dried fruit until it's very hard to stir. What passes from fruitcake here in the US isn't very good. Many people say they don't like fruitcake since all they have ever tried was something somebody bought. Few people try to make their own which would be much better.
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ImageSharon
Nov 12, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh good, Mary!! I just wrote to Neil asking for this same thing. Glad you got here too.

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