Civil War Bread Pudding

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When I think of hospital food, Bread Pudding doesn't come to mind. But during the American Civil War, Bread Pudding made its way into The Hospital Steward's Manual.

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BREAD PUDDING
ORIGINAL 1862 RECIPE (From The Hospital Steward's Manual)
No. 30. Bread Boil 1 pint of milk, with a piece of cinnamon and lemon peel; pour it on 2 oz. of bread-crumbs, then add 2 eggs, ½ oz. of currants, and a little sugar: steam it in a buttered mould, or pan, for one hour.

MODERN RECIPE
INGREDIENTS
- 1 Pint (475ml) Whole Milk
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- Lemon Peel
- 2 oz (60g or 1/2 cup + 1tbsp) Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 oz (14g or 1/8 cup) Currants
- 2 Tablespoons White or Brown Sugar

METHOD
1. Set a kettle of water to boil while you mix the pudding batter.
2. Add milk, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel to a small saucepan and set over medium heat until it comes to a light boil.
3. Pour hot milk over your breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Remove the cinnamon and lemon peel. Whisk in the eggs until smooth, then mix in the currants and sugar.
4. Pour batter into a pudding basin and cover. Create a handle using string. ()
5. Set covered pudding in a large pot and pour boiling water into the pot until 1-2 inches deep. Cover the pot and set on medium heat for 1 hour. Every 20 minutes, check the pot and if the water is nearly boiled away, add more.
6. At 1 hour, remove the pot from the heat and remove pudding basin from the pot. Allow to cool for 15 minutes then turn out onto a plate and serve.

PHOTO CREDITS
Barack Hospital Kitchen, Scutari: Wellcome Images / CC BY ()

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