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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding's origins lie with a fourteenth century porridge known as frumenty, a soup like dish with ingredients that included beef, mutton, raisins, wine and spices. It was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas festivities.

By the sixteenth century, the meat was replaced by eggs, breadcrumbs, dried fruit, ale and spirits.

The Puritans banned Christmas pudding in the 1650s. King George I of England, who loved the dish, lifted the ban in 1714.

It became a proper tradition in the nineteenth century when Prince Albert, a fan, introduced it to the royal Christmas.

The making of the Christmas pudding was an annual event in Victorian Britain. There was a tradition that if everyone in the family stirred the pudding mixture, on "Stir-Up Sunday", the fifth Sunday before Christmas, each member of the family would prosper in the coming year. The prayer book for that Sunday says, "Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the will of they faithful people."

By Matt Riggott from Edinburgh, Scotland - Christmas Pudding, Wikipedia

It is said the pudding must be made by the 25th Sunday after Trinity.

There are 25 million Christmas puddings consumed every year in the UK

Each family member should stir the pudding from East to West, to honour the three kings.

Lighting the brandy represents Christ’s passion, the holly his crown of thorns.

Source Daily Mail

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