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The Great Pudding Stir

Posted on 29 Nov 2013
The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be brimming with the smells of Christmas Pudding on Saturday 14 December from 10.30 to 4. Visitors are invited to take part in the annual Great Pudding Stir as the museum spreads a little festive cheer.

The recipe used is taken from the indispensable kitchen bible, Beeton’s Book of Household Management, edited by Mrs Isabella Beeton between 1859 and 1861. The original recipe for 'A Plain Christmas Pudding for Children' contained:

1 lb. of flour, 1 lb. of bread crumbs, ¾ lb. of stoned raisins, ¾ lb. of currants, ¾ lb. of suet, 3 or 4 eggs, milk, 2 oz. of candied peel, 1 teaspoonful of powdered allspice, ½ teaspoonful of salt

It took five hours to make and would feed nine or 10 children at an average cost of one shilling and ninepence. Today we add 8oz. of sugar to make it more palatable for our tastes.

Visitors will get a chance to stir a huge bowl of the dry mix and make a Christmas wish, before sampling the final product heated on our coal-fired range. Admission is Adults £1.50 and Children £1 (annual pass not valid for this event).

The Christmas Emporium will also be open, where shoppers will discover an 'Aladdin's Cave' of unusual presents and stocking fillers.

For further information please contact the museum.