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From The Cook Not Mad - Steamed Carrot Pudding

"The Cook Not Mad" is a recipe book first published in Canada in 1831. I believe it can claim to be Canada's first cookbook!

Here is a pudding recipe that the more adventurous of you may wish to try out. I admit I'm not that adventurous, rather I am, but I'm too lazy a cook as opposed to a mad one to try it out.

Steamed Carrot Pudding

1 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup mixed candied fruit
1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup finely grated carrot
1 cup finely grated raw potato

Combine the fruits and nuts, and sift over them the flour, salt, soda, and spices. Stir well, to coat the fruit, then add the grated carrot, and potato. Cream the shortening, brown sugar, and egg until light, and fluffy. Stir the flour, and fruit mixture into it, until just well blended. Butter a one, and a half quart mould, or coffee can, and spoon in the batter. Cover tightly with buttered aluminum foil, heavy duty, and steam on a rack in one inch of boiling water, covered, for three hours. Serve hot with Brandy Sauce

Brandy Sauce

1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp. brandy or to taste (could substitute with brandy extract, but I say go for the realism)

Combine cornstarch and sugar in a saucepan. add coffee, cook, and stir until thick, and clear. Remove from heat, and add butter. Cool, and add brandy. Serve warm with pudding.



Comment from: Nancy [Visitor] Email ·
you know this is the same recipe that my parents used and now we all use when the family gets together at christmas.

We didn't have the Brandy Sauce...
whoo hoo :)

Guess who's making the pudding this Christmas *grin*

PermalinkPermalink 07/10/07 @ 20:48
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Nancy -> It's great how families pass down these traditional recipes eh!
PermalinkPermalink 07/11/07 @ 08:14

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