This winter one of the books I have been perusing is "The Victorian Cookbook" published in l989 by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. It is an extensive research about cooking in the Victorian era. There is a great deal of information about Fannie Farmer. When we think of her- we think of fudge - a candy shop if you will. Actually she founded a cooking school in Boston in 1902 and her "Boston Cooking School Cookbook" was a best seller.
The Victorians loved steamed puddings. This book features one of Fannie Farmer's Blueberry Puddings. Many Christmas Plum Puddings included ground suet in the recipes, but not this one. You could serve it anytime of the year- not just Christmas. Pudding molds are available in 1 quart and 2 quart sizes and have lids. In her Martha Stewart's Christmas Recipe Book from 1989, Martha made 300 puddings in bowls over a 3 day period (for her "closest friends and relatives"). That would be a huge undertaking! I won't be doing that but I will be trying this one!More to come on Steamed Blueberry pudding.....and Fannie Farmer!