The Munsonville Times was so impressed by the spread John Simons served for his Christmas Eve wedding to Miss Bryony Marseilles that the newspaper listed each item. Here is one of them.
Baked English Plum Pudding
Adapted from Miss Beecher’s domestic receiptbook: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy
¼ pound suet
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound bread crumbs
½ pound stoned raisins, wet and dredged with flour
½ pound currants
½ pound sugar
3 ounces citron
1 tablespoon mace (see editor’s note)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ gill brandy
Chop suet and add salt. Pour enough scalded milk onto the bread crumbs to swell them; when cold, add the other ingredients. If it is too stiff, thin it with milk; if it is too thin, add more bread crumbs. Then add nutmegs, mace, cinnamon, brandy. Bake 2 hours.
Note: This recipe is unclear if the mace and cinnamon should together equal 1 tablespoon or whether to add 1 tablespoon each. Let the cook’s taste be the guide.
From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"
All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. www.bbbswillgrundy.org.
Order the cookbook at www.bryonyseries.com/Dalton_s_Dry_Goods.html.