Traditionally the 1st of October was the date on which the English pudding season started. This day is not to be confused with “Stir-Up Sunday”, the traditional day to stir up your Christmas puddings. The traditional English puddings were savory rather than sweet puddings. They were filled with steak, leaks, mushrooms, spices and some were cooked for as long as sixteen hours.
Many almanacs insist that October 1st is the “official start of the pudding season” in England. The word pudding is believed to come from the French 'boudin', originally from the Latin botellus, meaning "small sausage".
Initiation of the Pudding Season:
The end of September in the Northern hemisphere is harvest time. It is thought that in earlier times this was followed by animals, not needed for breeding, being slaughtered and their meat preserved. To keep extra animals during the cold winter months would have cost a lot of money to families as the animals need to be fed.
Multiple Varieties of Puddings:
Puddings are supposedly the most ancient form of desserts that are growing popular more and more even in the 22nd century. So you don’t really need a special occasion to devour mouth-watering puddings. But, have you ever wondered how widely varieties of puddings are celebrated across the world and you want to learn their historical significance. We have listed out the top 10 days to celebrate 10 different kinds of puddings with different cultural diversity.
1. Sticky Toffee Pudding Day - 23rd January
Sticky pudding is a massively popular steamed sponge dessert with rich toffee sauce and whipped custard cream on the top. Even though this pudding’s origin is unclear, it’s speculated its recipe was produced by Francis Coulson, the culinary legend of the 1970s.
2. Yorkshire Pudding Day - 3rd February
Yorkshire pudding is one of the most iconic British foods, usually served with roasted beef. This traditional pudding is celebrated across the world on 3rd February. The first recipe of this pudding was first published in a 1737 book called The Whole Duty of a Woman.
3. Plum Pudding Day - 12th February
Plum pudding, is one of the most iconic English dessert staples with major historical significance especially during the Christmas season, celebrates its day on 12th February. Plum pudding, which ironically doesn’t contain any plum is well-known for its appearance in Charles Dicken’s classic.
Plum pudding is adored by everyone during the holiday season because of its unique texture, taste and ingredients composed of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon, dates, and many more. In England, it is tradition to have every person a household simultaneously hold onto the wooden spoon together to help stir the batter.
4. Vanilla Pudding Day - 22nd May
Vanilla pudding is celebrated on May 22. This medieval dessert is still quite popular across the world. It is speculated that vanilla pudding originated in early medieval Europe. This dish was referred to in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the cookbook written by the chefs of King Richard II in the 15th century. This profound historical background surely adds to the appeal of the vanilla pudding!
5. Chocolate Pudding Day - 26th June
This rich chocolate custard-filled pudding accompanied by the luxuriant delicacy of thick chocolate cream is everyone’s favorite, for very good reason! Chocolate pudding is one of the comparatively new pudding recipes, introduced in the 17 century.
At that time, it was the cuisine of the wealthy upper-class. But now, it’s one of the most popular puddings, and available in microwave tubs at your local supermarket! 26th of June is chocolate pudding day for all the sweet-tooth out there.
6. Tapioca Pudding Day - 15th July
Tapioca Pudding Day is probably the day for you to remember the horror of school puddings made by your grandmas and rediscover its distinctive taste all at once! Tapioca Pudding is one of the classics, most old-fashioned dessert that has slowly been out of our sight because of its traditional and comparatively lengthy cooking procedure made with cassava root flour to keep pace with modern cooking recipe. So during this day, take a chuck of this moist- smooth textured tapioca to taste a bit of your childhood with your loved ones!
7. National Crème Brûlée Day – 22nd July
22nd July is the day is to celebrate the hallmark dessert of Paris, also known as Cuisinier royal et bourgeois which was first found in Francois massialo's recipe book way back in 1691. The popularity of this rich custard pudding grew in the middle age and then spread across Europe. Although French people proudly claim Crème Brûlée as their legacy, there’s another version of this pudding that originated in 1879 at Trinity College, Cambridge.
8. Rice Pudding Day - 9th August
Rice pudding is one of the most nutritionally wholesome delicious dessert treats which originated in the Middle East, made with filling rice. Because of its textury, luscious supply of good carbohydrate and unique oriental delicacy, rice pudding has already gained massive popularity across the world, which can easily be made at home. A lot of people claim rice pudding to be the most delightful form of indulging rice with personalised add-ons like raisins, sprinkles of nutmegs and lychees! Moreover, rice pudding comes both sweet and savoury in taste!
9. Butterscotch Pudding Day – 19Th September
If you’re a sweet tooth which happens to be a fan of sweet and creamy textured wholesome pudding in your mouth, butterscotch pudding day on September 19th is for you! Its speculated that the recipe of the butterscotch pudding was originated way back to Doncaster, a town in Yorkshire in 1817. Butterscotch was made as a form of hard candy, up until the recipe is altered and turned into a form of pudding in 1848.
10. Indian Pudding Day- 13Th November
Indian pudding, a chilly-weather classic itself celebrates its long history on Indian Pudding Day. Indian pudding was primarily innovated by the English settlers in India when they encountered the mass production of corn by the indigenous people for the first time while looking for an alternative to grain to their pudding.