Holiday and Special Occasion Puddings
Mountain Mill Pudding LLC was created to help you celebrate special occasions. Holiday gatherings, romantic dinners, or just one of those days when you or someone else needs a special sweet ending to a meal. For Christmas we have a Luxury Plum Pudding, for Thanksgiving- Jeweled Cranberry Pudding. Our fine desserts are steamed puddings, served warm with a cool topping, a side of ice cream or sauce.
Mountain Mill Puddings are prepared for us in England by a Great Taste Award winning company that also supplies prestigious high end British stores.
The United Kingdom is the home of plum pudding. They have been making it for centuries and it is part of the great British baking tradition. Christmas pudding ( another name for plum pudding) was immortalized by Charles Dickens in his classic "A Christmas Carol" when Mrs Cratchit, with great ceremony serves steamed pudding to her family. In Cromwell's day, plum pudding was banned because it was seen as too decadent. (probably due to the generous portion of brandy used in the recipe). Thankfullyplum pudding became popular again when served at Royal dinners. In Victorian times, it became known as Christmas pudding. The Christmas pudding tradition traveled with British emigrants to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and, of course to America. For more about the history of Christmas pudding check out our Pudding Time Blog
What is British Plum Pudding?
In England, "pudding" is an inclusive term for desserts of many kinds. Cakes, pies, custards. In America, pudding is sometimes viewed as a snack, a custard, - just one type of dessert. At Mountain Mill Pudding LLC, we specialize in steamed puddings from the UK. In addition to our Luxury Plum Pudding, we also offer several sponge puddings including our new Jeweled Cranberry Pudding for Thanksgiving For special occasions we have Triple Ginger pudding or Zingy Lemon pudding. Each pudding is prepared using the best ingredients, slow steamed for hours to achieve a complex, moist, balance of flavor that is sure to please. We just call them what they are - fine desserts.
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NOTE: Our sponge puddings are seasonal and thus available from mid- October through mid- April each year. This availability also impacts our gift basket collections. Luxury Plum Pudding, Lemon Curd, and Brandy Butter are available throughout the year.
Pudding time is a special time, anticipated by children and enjoyed by all. It follows a meal, extends the ambiance and is often the highlight of the occasion.
“The time when pudding or puddings are to be had; a time when a person is in luck; a favorable or useful time” (Oxford English Dictionary(3rd ed.,)
Somewhat cynically it has been used to describe the action of a politician who arrives at a meeting following the hard debate, just in time to partake in the sweet period when a decision has already been reached.
When we think about special occasions and fine desserts that provide a sweet ending to a marvelous meal our thoughts turn to a mental menu of pies, cakes and ice cream. Why not pudding?
In England, pudding is a broad term that describes many kinds of desserts, including pies, tarts, custards, steamed puddings, and ice cream.It is much more than a term for plum pudding. In America, puddings have come to be associated with snacks, custards or mousse in little plastic cups , or with a mix that comes from a box. Let’s change this. Puddings can be the crowning highlight to a special occasion meal -as they once were.
To make pudding time the highlight, we can take notes from literature where a novel builds to a climax, where the everything that proceeds- the setting, the conversations, the multiple stages of the meal, tease our senses. Perhaps, we could look to the theater, where we know in advance that there will be a finale, a last act. It is announced. Rather than just setting the dessert on the table, have an intermission following the meal. Then announce that it is “pudding time” or “dessert time”, just prior to being asked”what is for dessert?” The anticipation is heightened if the answer is unknown. Or as my mother used to say, “you will have to wait to find out.”
Clear the dinner plates first, to create a break and to let your guests know that something more is coming. Choose a pudding to complement the meal. A zingy lemon pudding to accent the previous course, a ginger pudding to tingle the senses. Present each serving on a special plate, to the table set to receive it.
There is nothing more dramatic than first turning down the lights and parading a heated , brandy drenched, flaming dessert to the table. The traditional Christmas plum pudding- also known figgy pudding presented in a manner, as Charles Dickens described the entrance of Mrs Cratchit’s “cannon ball”- the highlight of the meal.