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History Cookbook: Dutch Pudding ( Beef and suet pudding)

This recipe is in categories Stuarts, Main courses
  • Dutch Pudding ( Beef and suet pudding)
About this recipe
Healthiness : (99 votes)
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Number of servings: 6 portions
Serving suggestions: Serve with seasonal vegetables.

Elizabeth Cromwell: The court and kitchen of Mrs Elizabeth Cromwell commonly called Joan Cromwell

“Take a pound and a halfe of Fresh Beef, all lean, take a pound and a quarter of Beef Suet, sliced both very small, then take a half-penny stale Loaf and grate it, a handful of Sage and a little Winter Savory, a little Time, shred these very small; take four eggs, half a pint of cream, a few Cloves, Nutmegs, Mace and Pepper, finely beaten, mingle them all together very well, with a little Salt; roll it all up together in a green Colewort leaf, and then tie it up hard in a Linnen-Cloth, garnish your dish with grated bread and serve it up with mustard in Sawcers.”

A modern version (amounts maybe reduced in proportion)

  • 12 oz (350g) lean minced beef
  • 4 oz (100g) suet  (or 8oz to match original)
  • 8oz (225g) stale bread crumbs (or 4oz to match original)
  • 10 fresh sage leaves or 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried savory (may be omitted)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp each of ground of cloves, nutmeg, mace, pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 large cabbage leaves
  • 1oz fresh bread crumbs and  a pinch of mustard to dress the finished pudding, 
Note:  The dish is nicer with 4oz of suet and 8oz of breadcrumbs, otherwise it's too fatty and rich for modern tastes.
Making and cooking it
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  1. Mix all the ingredients and shape into a round ball
  2. Wrap in the cabbage leaves and tie tightly in a piece of washed linen or cheese cloth
  3. Place in a pan of boiling water so all is below the surface and simmer on a low heat for 2 hours
  4. Turn out onto a plate of fresh crumbs and slice to serve hot
  5. To eat cold - allow to cool in cabbage leaves, then remove them and slice as coarse pate
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