The Victorian kitchen at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne will be serving up Christmas Pudding on Saturday 9 December from 10.00 to 4.00. Visitors are invited to take part in the annual Great Pudding Stir as the museum spreads a little festive cheer.
The recipe used is taken from the indispensable kitchen bible, ‘Beeton’s Book of Household Management’, edited by Mrs Isabella Beeton between 1859 and 1861. The original recipe for ‘A Plain Christmas Pudding for Children’ contained:
1 lb. of flour, 1 lb. of bread crumbs, ¾ lb. of stoned raisins, ¾ lb. of currants, ¾ lb. of suet, 3 or 4 eggs, milk, 2 oz. of candied peel, 1 teaspoonful of powdered allspice, ½ teaspoonful of salt
It took five hours to make and would feed nine or 10 children at an average cost of one shilling and ninepence. Today we add 8oz. of sugar to make it more palatable for our tastes.
Visitors will get a chance to stir a huge bowl of the dry mix and make a Christmas wish, before sampling the final product heated on our coal-fired range.
Admission to the museum is free on the day. There is a charge of £1 per person to take part in the pudding stir (annual ticket not valid).
On the same day the museum will be holding a Community Fundraising Day to support its Revival Project. During the day, between 10.00 and 3.00, you will have a unique opportunity to sponsor an object.
From the 11 to 23 December (closed 13 December and Sundays), 10.00 to 4.00, visitors will be able to celebrate the Christmas period with free admission to the museum. The museum’s period rooms will be transformed with traditional decorations. Seasonal refreshments will be available from the Garden Tea Room.