|Currier & Ives lithograph c. 1876 courtesy of the |
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C
I'll close this month with two more
Richard Greene's recipe for Queen Victoria's Plum Pudding sounds very Dickensian and Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy's Swedish cookies seem too delicious to pass up.
A British actor and matinee idol, Greene starred in such films as Four Men and a Prayer and Hound of the Baskervilles with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. In the 1950s, he had a hit British television show titled "The Adventures of Robin Hood."
An actor and radio personality, Bergen was also one of the most famous ventriloquists ever. He and his sidekick dummy, Charlie McCarthy entertained the masses on the radio and in films.
Queen Victoria's Plum Pudding
Greene noted that this recipe was made in his youth by his family in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.
1 lb. raisins
1 lb. currants
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 lb. suet, chopped fine
1 cup brandy
1/2 lb. candied orange peel
1 grated lemon rind
1/2 grated nutmeg
1/2 lb. bread crumbs
Mix brandy with beaten eggs. Combine raisins and currants with flour, then add remaining ingredients. Pour liquid mixture over dry mixture in top of double boiler. Steam for 6 hours.
|Cropped 1943 screenshot of Edgar Bergen with Charley McCarthy|
from the film Stage Door Canteen. Credit: Wikimedia.org
1/2 lb. butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg, flour, extract, and salt. Beat until smooth. Drop on buttered tin. Bake in 400 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes.