To make the end of a month of pie, let us circle around to puddings. The Pudding Pie.
Which sounds like a cue for:
Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.
This little rhyme has eighteenth century origins, possibly, and most definitely nineteenth century provenance BUT there is some speculation that the aforementioned Georgie was none other then
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham
28 August 1592 – 23 August 1628
The 1st Duke of Buckingham was most definitely a 17th century figure. Evidently, ‘Georgie’ was not only the favorite of James I, King of England, but (if novels are to be believed, the novel being The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas pere) also the Queen of France.
So that was a nice little side trip to fanciful. Back to food.
Pudding Pie. Puddings, which had formerly been in guts, and then in guts and bags, are being moved into the oven, often with pastry. Hence, the Pudding Pie.
Pudding Pie – the best of both the pudding and the pie.
To bake a pudding pie.
Take a quart of the best cream, and set on the fire, and slice a loaf of the lightest white bread into thin slices, and put it into it, and let it stand on the fire till the milk begin to rise: then take it off, and put it into a basin, and let it stand till it be cold: then put in the yolks of four eggs, and two whites, good store of currants, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, mace, and plenty of sheep’s suet finely shred, and good season of salt; then trim your pot very well round about with butter, and so put in your pudding, and bake it sufficiently, then when you serve, strew sugar upon it.
1631. Gervase Markham. The English Housewife. Best ed. pp. 109-10
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