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Cooking Workshop | The History of Christmas Puddings with Sam Bilton

Join Sam Bilton - Food Historian, Writer & Cook - for a Christmas pudding workshop and learn about the tradition and history of Christmas puddings. Christmas puddings are usually stirred up at least a month before Christmas, as this allows time for the flavours to mature.

In this workshop Sam will demonstrate how to make a Christmas pudding based on a Victorian recipe from her Great Aunt Eliza. Sam will also share with you some ideas for pudding accompaniments and some interesting things to do with pudding leftovers such as creating some delicious truffles. With some assistance from willing members of the audience enough puddings will be made for everyone to take a small one home to steam and enjoy on Christmas day.

Traditional Plum Christmas Pudding

Pudding Sauce
Christmas Pudding Truffles

Tickets are £45 per person, includes tastings and a small Christmas pudding to take home

NB This class has a larger capacity than our regular cooking masterclass series, and will be run mostly as a seated demo rather than a hands on cooking class.

Open to all levels of skills and interests. This class is suitable for Adults 16 and over.

*This class is part of our monthly masterclass cooking sessions, which focus on specialist topics or advanced cooking techniques.  Sessions are usually on Sunday and held in the Garden Museum’s food learning studio. All profits from our cooking masterclass series help to cover food costs for our community programmes.

  • Sam Bilton

    Sam Bilton

    Prior to the pandemic Sam hosted a historically themed supper club called Repast from her home in Sussex. She has given presentations and cookery demonstrations at various historic locations across the country. Sam published her first book on the history of gingerbread in 2020, which includes 80 delicious recipes for this popular teatime treat. Her second cookbook on the history of English saffron was released in 2022. You can find examples of her work at sambilton.com or on instagram @mrssbilton

Image: Sam Bilton