• Pacific Grove’s Traditional Christmas Pudding

    During the olden era, each Monterey County community seemed to have some holiday dish that the community considered especially its own. For those eager to prepare Pacific Grove’s traditional treat-a holiday pudding-the Review published a recipe promised as easy to follow.

    Here it is, from a hundred years ago …

    Please include four cups of scalded milk, 1¼ cup of rolled sweet crackers (the equivalent of crushed vanilla wafers), 1 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 2 cups melted butter, 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1½ cups raisins.
    Pour the heated milk over the crackers and let stand until cooled. Add sugar, eggs (lightly beaten), nutmeg, salt, and butter. Before hand, prepare raisins by parboiling until very soft. Simmer in just enough boiling water to cover the raisins. Add the softened raisins and the water in which they were cooked to the mixture. Pour the mixture into a heavy, buttered, oven-dish and bake very slowly for 2½ hours, stirring only once after the first ½ hour.
    Serve with the following cream sauce: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 eggs, and 2 cups whipped cream. Beat the egg whites to a stiff froth, add the yolk and sugar, then beat well. Flavor with vanilla and lemon before beating once again.
    Add the whipped cream just before serving.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 2, 2009

    Topics: Features


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