Thanksgiving is the holiday when Americans gather as families around a traditional meal to offer thanks for all the good things they enjoy, and roast turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving holiday treat. Every year on this holiday, the U.S. President officially "pardons" a live turkey or two so that they don't all end up on holiday tables. So, as America gears up for Thanksgiving this year, we thought we'd suggest a tasty, traditional, non-turkey recipe for the holiday
"George Washington's" Cranberry Pudding (serves 6 to 8)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 cups cranberries, cut in half
Combine eggs, sugar, salt and molasses. In a separate container, put 2 teaspoons of soda in 1/3 cup boiling water. Add to egg mixture. Stir in flour and cranberries. Place in pot and boil in low heat for approx. one hour until it thickens. Serve warm with the following sauce.
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar 1 cup half and half
Melt butter. Add sugar and half and half and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Cranberry pudding is a great side dish for any type of meat. While there is no archival evidence of particular recipes George Washington enjoyed, this one comes from the Mount Vernon cookbook, which collects recipes using ingredients common during Washington's lifetime.
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