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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Traditional Christmas from Glendale Arizona

The weather here in Glendale Arizona is never very wintery but we still have traditional Christmas celebrations.

Here is an authentic recipe (right out of Charles Dickens) just in case you would like to do a classic Victorian Caroling Party. 

Figgy Pudding
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
2 cups figs, finely chopped
½ cup walnut pieces, broken
½ tsp. grated lemon rind
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour milk
2½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
Preheat Oven to 325

Beat the butter until it is soft. Beat in the eggs and molasses until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Stir in the chopped figs and broken walnuts. Sprinkle in the grated lemon rind and mix it into the batter.
Combine the baking soda and sour milk. Stir this mixture into the batter.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Stir the dry ingredients into the batter. Pour the batter into the 9-inch greased tube pan.
Bake the pudding for an hour. Serve it hot, and ladle on the hard sauce if you want a really authentic figgy pudding experience. If you prefer, though, you may try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Hard Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon brandy
1 dash almond extract

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in by degrees the brandy and a drop of almond essence.

From our home and hearth to you. Enjoy!

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