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Christmas or Plum Pudding, is a traditional dish made of a mixture of dried fruit, flavoured with brandy or spirits. However, it was once very different. It originated in the 14th century as 'frumenty' - a watery porridge, made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. It was eaten as a fasting meal before Christmas. By 1595, eggs, breadcrumbs, and dried fruit were added thickening the mixture, along with beer or spirits It became the usual Christmas dessert around 1650. In 1664 the Puritans banned it along with many other Christmas customs. However King George I re-established it in 1714 after tasting and enjoying the dish. By Victorian times, Christmas Puddings were similar to the ones eaten today.

26th Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, Religious Education

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