The favorite dessert of the British, which they consider the national dish, has long gained popularity all over the world. In the country of foggy Albion, this dessert appeared in the Middle Ages. Some call the dish Christmas pudding, others – plum, but this does not affect the excellent taste. In honor of the delicious dessert, National Plum Pudding Day was established, which is celebrated on February 12.
When exactly pudding appeared, and who came up with the recipe for its preparation, is still a mystery. In England, it is believed that this dessert was invented in medieval times. According to one of the ancient legends, for Christmas it was necessary to prepare a new sweet, in the recipe of which there had to be 13 ingredients symbolizing Jesus Christ and the 12 apostles.
The first recipe for pudding was published in the middle of the 17th century, and before that time in each family it was prepared in its own way. The most interesting thing is that most plum pudding recipes do not contain plums. It may seem strange, but the fact is that for a long time plums were called: raisins, figs, currants.
Pudding became especially important in England in the Victorian era. An important role in this was played by Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens. Thanks to them, this dish became mandatory on the Christmas table. Since then, no celebration among the British is complete without their favorite dessert.
- In the 15th century, pudding was a spicy dish, more like a soup in meat broth and only two centuries later it turned into a sweet dessert.
- In the 16th century, when power in the country belonged to the Puritans, Oliver Cromwell issued a decree banning Christmas pudding. Dessert returned to the festive table after 10 years.
- The term “Christmas pudding” was coined by writer Anthony Trollope. For the first time such a name appeared on the pages of his novel in 1858.
How to celebrate
On February 12, plum pudding is always prepared in England. If you dream of joining the celebration, try to prepare a traditional English dessert in your kitchen.
Invite your friends and cook this wonderful dish together. There are many recipes on the Internet, choose the most suitable one.
When is National Plum Pudding Day celebrated in 2024?
National Plum Pudding Day is observed on February 12 each year.