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Grandma Kay's Carrot Pudding

This post is dedicated to a very special lady, my sweet Grandma Kay.

Last night, I received the sad news that my grandmother had passed away.  I last saw her on Christmas day, and I am so thankful that I got the chance to spend time with her before she passed away.

 My grandmother was an excellent baker. She would often wake up at the crack of dawn to make her famous "goofy buns " to bring to family functions. As much as I loved those, my very favorite dish that my grandmother made is Carrot Pudding. Carrot Pudding,( also called Christmas Pudding), is similar to a carrot cake in flavour, but it is put in mason jars and then steamed in a water bath. This results in a very light, moist pudding. It is also customary ( at least in our family) to serve it with a hard sauce( which is basically a vanilla icing that is so thick it is scooped like ice cream), as well as a warm lemon sauce. I always try to get a little hard sauce, a little lemon sauce and a little pudding in every bite.

Good bye, Grandma. We love you dearly and will miss you forever!

Carrot Pudding
(she would usually double this recipe)

1 cup grated raw carrot                  
1 cup grated raw potato
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup  raisins
1/4 cup currants
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix together. Put in a greased 1 qt. mason jar. Cover with foil or a piece of cheesecloth. Fill only 1/2 -2/3 full, as pudding will rise. Place on rack in a deep kettle. Add boiling water till water reaches 1 inch above the bottom of jars. Cover kettle. Bring to a gentle boil. Steam for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, adding more boiling water if necessary. Serve with hard sauce and/or lemon sauce. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Hard Sauce( adapted from All Recipes)
I didn't have her recipe, but I found this one and it sounds like it would be similar.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 /4 cup dark rum or orange juice
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Sift confectioners sugar into the butter. Add rum, vanilla and nutmeg. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

My grandmother was a very special lady. She was loved by all who knew her, and she will be truly missed.

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