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Crystal Palace Pudding

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Mould decorated with crystallised fruit, cherries etc, then filled with vanilla-flavoured set egg-and-milk jelly. Cooled and turned out.

Crystal Palace Pudding
By: Sam Bilton www.sambilton.com

The format is well-establised - the following rceipts show three different ways of preparing it.

Original Receipt from from 'Mrs. Beeton's - All About Cookery' published in 1909 by Ward, Lock, some 45 years after the death of Mrs Beeton.

INGREDIENTS: 1 heaped up dessert-spoon full of cornflour,1/2 oz. of gelatine or isinglass,1/2 pint of cream, 1/8th pint of milk, sugar, and vanilla to taste, 2 yolks of eggs, glace cherries.
METHOD: Soak the gelatine or isinglass in a little water, heat up the cream, and strain in the dissolved gelatine. Blend the cornflour smoothly with the milk, mix it with the cream and sweeten to taste. Stir and boil gently for 10 minutes, let the preparation cool slightly, then add the yolks of eggs and a few drops of vanilla essence. Stir until on the point of setting, then turn into small moulds previously decorated with glace cherries. When firm, turn out, dish up and serve.

TIME: 11/2 hours.
AVERAGE COST, 1s 6d to 1s 8d.
SUFFICIENT for 4 or 5 persons.

Original Receipt from 'Northampton Mercury' - Saturday 9 June 1883

Crystal Palace Pudding.óWell butter a mould and stick it over with raisins stoned and opened, then chop quarter of a pound of beef suet finely ; add to it two ounces of citron chopped: rub through a wire sieve six ounces of breadcrumbs; put them in the basin, and add the grated rind of the two lemons; mix all these well together; then take up yolks of four eggs, beat them up thoroughly well, add half a gill of cream and quarter pound of castor sugar; mix all these together, pour into the mould carefully, cover with kitchen paper and steam two hours. Serve with a rich melted butter when turned out.

Crystal Palace Pudding
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Original Receipt from 'Sunderland Daily Echo' and Shipping Gazette - Wednesday 16 May 1951

IN an old recipe book we find a summer sweet which is appropriately named for Exhibition year Crystal Palace pudding. The ingredients are 1/2 oz. gelatine. 3/4 pint milk, 2 teaspoonsful cornflour, 2oz. sugar. 3 egg yolks. 1/2 teaspoonful vanilla essence, and some crystallized cherries. Mix the cornflour with a little of the milk and then put in a saucepan with the remainder of the milk, sugar and gelatine. Boil for five minutes, stirring all the time. Add vanilla essence and egg yolks, mix thoroughly and pour into mould. When set. turn out and decorate with cherries.

The Crystal Palace in London, site of the Great Exhibition of 1851

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