in Australia is in summer, therefore the Christmas meal is for some,
salads and cold meats, while others of us still have the traditional
roast meats, baked vegetables and plum pudding.
and I enjoy making Shortbread, Fruit Mince Pies and Rumballs (I'll
add those recipes in time for next year, if you want my recipes sooner,
is a steamed or boiled pudding frequently served at holiday times.These
days usually served only at Christmas, and so called exclusively Christmas
Pudding. Definition of "plum" in the Oxford English Dictionary
... A dried grape or raisin as used for puddings, cakes, etc. This use
probably arose from the substitution of raisins for dried plums or prunes
as an ingredient.
Traditionally in England, small silver charms were baked in the plum pudding. A silver coin would bring wealth in the coming year; a tiny wishbone, good luck; a silver thimble, thrift; an anchor, safe harbour. We still have 3d and 6d in our puddings for Christmas.
It is also traditional for every one who lives in the household to simultaneously hold onto the wooden spoon, help stir the batter for the pudding, and make a wish.
3 cups of rice bubbles, 1 cup of mixed fruit, dessicated coconut, dry
powdered milk and 3/4 sifted icing sugar in a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 150°C, 300°F or gas mark 2 (the temperature is reduced for baking). Beat the egg whites to a foam, add the salt and beat until soft peaks form which fold over when the beater is removed. Slowly beat in the castor sugar, beating well after each addition. Keep beating until the mixture is stiff and the peaks stand up when the beater is removed. Mix together the white sugar and cornflour. Lightly fold into the meringue with the lemon juice.
Line an oven tray with baking paper. Spread the meringue into a circle and pipe a decoration around the edge or swirl with a spoon if desired. Bake in a cool oven (80°C or 180°F) for 2 to 2½ hours. Turn off the heat and leave in the oven overnight to cool.
Top with whipped cream and decorate with sliced kiwifruit or sliced strawberries just before serving.
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