An Heirloom Christmas Recipe

When thinking about what to write for Christmas, I wondered if my mum had inherited her mum’s recipe books.

Sure enough she did, and what treasure it is.

Can you tell it was well used?

my grandma’s recipe book

And guess what the very first recipe written in the book is … yep, “Mother’s Christmas Pudding”.

So here it is. The Christmas pudding recipe from my great grandma.

In case you can’t read my grandma’s handwriting, here’s a transcription:

Mother’s Christmas Pudding
3 Large Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 lb Seeded Raisins
1 lb Currants
1/2 lb Lemon Peel
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 lb Suet
8 Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon Carb Soda

Mix Soda in Flour. Boil about 6 hours.
I generally boil mine 4 hours the first time.


Now don’t go getting any ideas thinking I’m going to make this. Firstly I’m not much of a cook. Secondly I’m totally not a fan of Christmas pudding. And thirdly I had to google to find out “suet” even is, and that should not go in anything, let alone a pudding!!

But still I do believe in preserving history, and this is an heirloom recipe, whether I make it or not!

I don’t know what date this would have been written, but my grandma’s name was Evelyn Phebe Hannaford (nee Randell) b.1916, and her mother’s name was Ella Alice Randell (nee Sinkinson), b.1876, so no doubt it dates back a fair way!

Wishing you a all Merry Christmas!

2 Responses to “An Heirloom Christmas Recipe”

  1. Isabel says:

    What a treasure to find. It certainly has been used a lot, look for the pages with sticky finger marks for the best loved recipes!

  2. Dale Marquis says:

    This is called Plum Pudding by the English. My mom made it for years at Xmas. Not a fan but ate it to make her happy. It’s like warm fruit cake. It comes with a warm glaze.

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