Dr. Zabdiel Boylston's Honeycomb Pudding

Dr. Zabdiel Boylston, who braved the threat of mob violence in 1721 in order to get Bostonians inoculated against smallpox, favored this excellent pudding.


1/2 cup flour
1/2 cupsugar
1/2 teaspoon each: cloves, cinnamon, allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup warm milk
4 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup molasses


Stir together the dry ingredients, add the rest of the ingredients, and pour the mixture quickly into a buttered baking dish. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) about 30 minutes. Turn out on a hot plate. When the pudding is sliced, the honeycomb will show.

Honeycomb Pudding Sauce


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
juice of 1 lemon
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup boiling water


Cream the sugar and butter, add the rest of the ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Serve the pudding and sauce warm.

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