Christmas pudding has its origins in England and Ireland, but later became popular in many other countries. Unlike other puddings or cakes, Christmas pudding is boiled, rather than baked, and often for hours. Often coins or other trinkets would be ‘hidden’ in the pudding as a surprise gift for the person whose serving they were found in. Traditionally the pudding mix was stirred by every member of the household who each made a wish while doing so. Many families have their own special Christmas pudding recipe, handed down through the generations.
This photo of Mrs Lavender, a resident of Fairfield West, making Christmas puddings to give as gifts was taken about 1930. These traditional English Christmas puddings were boiled for many hours in her laundry copper – the only pot big enough to fit them all in!
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