Time: 1-1/2 hour.

Sufficient for 6 or 7 persons.

Seasonable at any time.

  1. 1 qt of odd pieces of crust or crumb of bread
  2. 1/2 teaspoonful of salt
  3. 1 teaspoonful of grated nutmeg
  4. 3 oz. of moist sugar
  5. 1/2 lb. of currants
  6. 1-1/4 oz. of butter
  • Break the bread into small pieces
  • Pour on them as much boiling water as will soak them well
  • Let these stand till the water is cool
  • Press it out, and mash the bread with a fork until it is quite free from lumps
  • Measure this pulp, and to every quart stir in salt, nutmeg, sugar, and currants in the above proportion
  • Mix all well togethe
  • Put it into a well-buttered pie-dish
  • Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon
  • Place the butter in small pieces over the top
  • Bake in a moderate oven for 1-1/2 hour, and serve very hot

  • Boiling milk substituted for the boiling water would very much improve this pudding.

    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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