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Posted: Nov 20, 2018

The Great Pudding Stir

The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be serving up Christmas Pudding.

Great Pudding Stir

The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be serving up Christmas Pudding on Saturday 8 December 2018 from 10am to 4pm. 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 ticket not valid for this event).

From the 10 to 22 December (closed Sundays), 10am to 4pm, visitors will be able to celebrate the Christmas period with free admission to the museum. Seasonal refreshments will be available from the Garden Tea Room.

For further information please contact the museum.

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