Figgy Pudding of the UK
“Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here. We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, so bring it right here.”
While I have always thought this sounded so rude, it has made me curious about figgy pudding and what it takes like. It must be pretty delicious if the singers are going to be so demanding about it.
Dating back as far as the 16th Century, Figgy Pudding is a Christmas staple generously shared with carolers throughout the UK during Christmastime. It was later immortalized in the cherished Christmas carol, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Now … bring us some figgy pudding!
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Pavlova of New Zealand
After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited New Zealand in 1926, cooks and chefs captivated by her solo performance as the dying swan in Swan Lake, created for her by Michel Folkine in 1905, sought to honor her and the occasions of her visit with confections they created to capture her light and airy spirit onstage. Over the decades to follow, the refined and traditional Pavlova became a Christmas staple.
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Panforte of Italy
Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts, and resembles fruitcake or Lebkuchen. It dates back as early as the 13th century in Siena, a town in Italy’s Tuscany region. Documents from the year 1205 show that panforte was paid to the monks and nuns of a local monastery as a tax or tithe which was due on the seventh of February that year. There are references to the Crusaders carrying panforte, a durable confection, with them on their journeys, and aiding medieval city-dwellers in surviving sieges. Literally, panforte means “strong bread” which refers to the spicy flavor.
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Stollen of Germany
Around 1560, it became a tradition for the bakers of Dresden to present the King with two 36-pound stollens as a Christmas gift. It took 8 master bakers and 8 journeymen to successfully carry the loaves to the castle. This custom continued for nearly 200 years. Then, in the year 1730, Prince Augustus the Strong asked the Baker’s Guild of Dresden to bake a giant stollen for his farewell party for the army. The finished stollen was a true masterpiece, weighing in at nearly 2 tons and feeding over 24,000 troops.
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Yorkshire Pudding of the UK
Yorkshire Pudding, also known as batter or dripping pudding, is a dish named after Yorkshire, England, although there is no evidence it originated from there. When wheat flour became more common for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven. A recipe for ‘A dripping pudding’ was first published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman. Similar instructions were published 10 years later in The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse under the title of ‘Yorkshire pudding’. It was she who re-invented and renamed the original version. A 2008 ruling by the Royal Society of Chemistry has it that “A Yorkshire pudding isn’t a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall.”
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Other recipes in the book include:
Tamales of Mexico (Simple Recipe)
Tamales of Mexico (Traditional Recipe)
Baked Apples of Sweden
Rice Pudding of Sweden
Beurrée de Crème of Quebec, Canada
Sorrel Punch of Jamaica
Babinka of the Philippines
Lebkuchen of Germany
Kringle of Denmark
Santa Lucia Bread of Sweden
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