Did you know plum pudding contains no plums? That’s because raisins were often called “plums” in 17th century Great Britain. So what does this a traditional plum or Christmas pudding actually contain? This steamed or boiled concoction features nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon, and dates. Traditionally served during the holidays, this often overlooked dish gets a second chance to impress on February 12, which is known as National Plum Pudding Day.
National Plum Pudding Day timeline
‘Plum’ is traditionally used to refer to raisins or other types of dried fruit.
One of the earliest recipes for plum pudding is published in a book by Mary Kettilby.
Plum pudding becomes sweeter over time and increasingly becomes associated with Christmas.
The term ‘Christmas pudding’ is first used in a novel by Anthony Trollope.
National Plum Pudding Day Activities
Um, make some plum pudding
Making your own bread pudding can be a lot of fun. Invite your friends over to participate in stirring the boiling pudding and making a wish of their own. Then wait and enjoy with your favorite adult beverage. Mulled wine anyone
Host a pudding-off
Whether you choose to do it at work, or at home with your friends and family, requiring everyone to get involved to make their family's plum pudding recipe is a lot of fun! If plum pudding is a new venture for certain people, have them put their own spin on the traditional favorite. The person with the best plum pudding (voted by the group) wins bragging rights till next year's challenge.
Have plum pudding for breakfast
A simple and quick way to enjoy plum pudding is by consuming it first thing in the morning. Whether it's homemade or store bought, enjoy a slice of this delicious dessert with your morning coffee, tea, milk, or water. Seconds throughout the day may be necessary, but not required.
Why We Love National Plum Pudding Day
We get an excuse to taste a holiday favorite
There are certain food items that we normally only consume during a specific time of year. Many people wait months to order a "PSL" (Pumpkin Spice Latte), but National Plum Pudding Day allows us to indulge in a dessert that is traditionally consumed during December. No shame in this (plum) pudding game!
It's an opportunity to make a wish
We all love unique opportunities to increase our luck and chance to acquire the the unattainable with the use of a wish. Many search for four-leaf clovers on St. Patrick's Day, but you don't have to wait that long. A British tradition while making plum pudding is to have the family stir the pot and make a wish while doing so. What are you waiting for?
It must be good for you (we think)
Plum pudding contains a hefty amount of nuts and berries, making it a delicious and nutritious dessert. Whether you are consuming the whole thing, or just having a taste, you don't have to feel super guilty for breaking your diet well into the new year.
National Plum Pudding Day dates