Sunday, February 17, 2008

Prince Albert In The Basin

This recipe is from a 1954 Trex cookbook. Trex was a British kind of Crisco, so there is a lot of frying going on, and lots of heavy puddings. Also the most charming little drawings I have seen so far in my collection; one of them is the picture at top left sidebar.

I like things named after Prince Albert, as they remind me of the awful old joke where you would call up the corner store and say "Have you got Prince Albert in the can?" Meaning Prince Albert tobacco, of course. And the store owner would say yes, hopefully. "Better let him out then!" you would shriek whilst collapsing in giggles.

Prince Albert Pudding

1 1/2 oz Trex
1 1/2 oz sugar
1 egg
3 oz breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 oz prunes
grated rind of 1/2 a lemon
milk to mix

Steam for 1 1/2 hours

Stew and stone the prunes and line a greased basin with them. Cream the Trex and sugar until light and fluffy, seaprate the egg and beat in the yolk; add the breadcrumbs, baking powder, lemon rind and milk. Beat the egg white until stiff and lightly fold it in. Turn the mixture into the prepared basin, cover with greaseproof paper and steam. Serve with a sauce made from the prune juice and thickened with arrowroot.

And if you use a can to steam the pudding in, you can make the Prince Albert joke when you serve it. Doesn't that sound like a roaring good time?

Oh....or perhaps not. Never mind!

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