British Pudding Day is a delightful holiday to celebrate this delicious dish. On November 9th, lovers of pudding can get together to enjoy its delicate taste, try new recipes, and learn more about its history.
Pudding first appeared in Britain at the beginning of the 14th century and is still a mainstay of the British menu. The name ‘pudding’ is derived from the English “poding”, meaning the stomach of an animal filled with meat, and the Latin word “botellus”, meaning sausage. In the 16th century, housewives made baked puddings in small kitchen ovens that did not heat up to a high temperature. Both salty and sweet versions of the dish were available in the 17th century, but by the second half of the 18th century, the salty version was rare.
- Bakewell pudding originated from the ancient Roman flan and contains almonds. The name of this dish comes from the city of Derbyshire where it was first prepared.
- Chocolate pudding was mentioned in 1730 and is one of the most popular types of puddings.
- Rice pudding was recommended as a medicine to cure digestive illnesses in the 17th century.
- Monmouth pudding was considered a staple food for the poor, made from stale black bread boiled in milk.
- Manchester pudding was a favorite dish of Queen Victoria and was renamed in her honor in the 19th century to Queen of Puddings.
How to take part
If you’re a lover of pudding, be sure to cook it and treat your friends. If you’ve never tried this dish, now’s the time to diversify your menu and treat yourself. You can prepare a pudding yourself, as there are many recipes on the Internet, or you can go to a restaurant and have a chef prepare the dish for you. If you cook it yourself, be sure to share your results on social media using the hashtag #BritishPuddingDay.
When is British Pudding Day celebrated in 2023?
British Pudding Day is observed on November 9 each year.