Recipes for Imbolc

Batter Puddings:

Batter puddings are created by dropping the batter into the fat drippings of roasting meat. Each region of the British Isles has its own variation of a batter pudding. When meat was hard to come by, a batter pudding was used to supplement the meal. Some are savoury, and some are sweet. In 1737 the recipe for ‘A dripping pudding’ was first published in The Whole Duty of a Woman:

“Make a good batter as for pancakes; put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot.”

The most well known batter pudding, the “Yorkshire pudding” or “Yorkie”, appeared ten years later in a cook book by Hannah Glasse in her book Art of Cookery. Glasse’s recipe read as follows:

“Take a quart of milk, four eggs, and a little salt, make it up into a thick batter with flour, like pancake batter. You must have a good piece of meat at the fire; take a stew-pan and put some dripping in, set it on the fire; when it boils, pour in your pudding; let it bake on the fire till you think it is nigh enough, then turn a plate upside down in the dripping-pan, that the dripping may not be blacked; set your stew-pan on it under your meat, and let the dripping drop on the pudding, and the heat of the fire come to it, to make it of a fine brown. When your meat is done and sent to table, drain all the fat from your pudding, and set it on the fire again to dry a little; then slide it as dry as you can into a dish; melt some butter, and pour it into a cup, and set it in the middle of the pudding. It is an excellent good pudding; the gravy of all the meat eats well with it.”

Here’s the recipe that I use for Yorkshire Pudding:

Yorkshire Pudding:

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

6 eggs

2 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup beef drippings or vegetable oil

Beat the eggs into the milk. Make a well in the flour in a large bowl and stir in the egg mixture until just combined. Refrigerate the batter for at least an hour. Heat oven to 425 F (220 C). Put drippings of roast and/or some vegetable oil in an oven proof 13 X 10 inch pan in the oven. When the oil or drippings begin to smoke (about 5 minutes), put the cold batter in the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

You can check out all of the other variations on batter pudding recipes as well as many other ancient recipes in my new Smashwords e book: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens.



About cuhulain

Kerr Cuhulain has been a Wiccan for 49 years and has been involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community from 1986 to 2005. Kerr was awarded the Shield of Valor by the Witches League for Public Awareness. Kerr is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Witch Hunts, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick and Magickal Self Defense. Kerr has a column with 182 articles on anti-defamation issues and hate crimes on The Witches’ Voice web site called Witch Hunts. Kerr is the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon, an organization representing Neo-Pagan professionals in the emergency services (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians). Kerr retired from the Vancouver Police Department in November 2005 after serving 29 years with them. He was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. Kerr's past job assignments within the VPD include the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiator, Child Abuse Investigator, Gang Crime Unit, and the Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. Kerr went on to be a police dispatcher and trainer for ECOMM for Southwestern BC. Kerr retired from law enforcement work in April 2013. Kerr is the founder of a Wiccan order of Knighthood called the Order of Paladins in November 2007. The Order embraces the Warrior philosophies, precepts and code of chivalry outlined in Kerr’s books. The Order of Paladins is a study group for people interested in Wiccan magick, energy work and rituals related to the Warrior path, focusing on empowerment, personal development and creative expression. The training focuses on the effective use of magickal energy and developing psychic skills. Courses are taught on line through the Ardantane School of Magick, where Kerr is on faculty. The Order of Paladins is constantly developing new rituals, and magick and studying our Warrior philosophy. Our members are spread across the globe and connect through local preceptories and on line. All members are expected to participate and contribute. Kerr is now the National Secretary of the Royal Astrononomical Society of Canada.
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