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And Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding
There is something magical about this season. Whether you honor the birth of Christ or are caught up in the “goodwill to men” spirit, chances are there is something about Christmas that puts a little spring in your step.
For me, its the carols; instant antidepressants borne on musical notes. Of course, there are those who would say its the savory smells; foods that are family favorites, reserved for this special time of year. And there are others who would say its the carefully wrapped presents under the shining tree.
Whatever it is, it gives us the excuse to put aside the drudgery of every day life, and for a brief time surrender to the thrill of neighborhoods sculpted in garlands of lights; or feel the embrace of family and friends who visit from near and far. This season fans the flame of hope that there is a Santa Claus, that wishes do come true and that Peace on Earth is not just a fairy tale. God bless us, every one!
1 cup suet (healthier alternative would be coconut oil)
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons rum
1 apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 pound dried figs, ground or finely chopped
Grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 large egg whites, stiffly beaten
Grease a two-quart mold.
Cream butter and shortening together. Gradually add sugar, egg yolks, milk, extract, apple, figs, lemon and orange peel. Add next 6 ingredients, mixing well. Fold stiffly beaten egg whites into mixture.
Pour into two-quart buttered bowl or mold and place into large shallow pan and steam for four hours.
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
In saucepan, scald milk and allow to cool.
Mix together remaining ingredients, except for butter. Add to cooled milk. Cook over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter, mixing well.