Many kinds of puddings are used for desserts. Some of them closely
resemble cake mixtures, while others are similar to custards, but are
thickened with a cooked or a raw starchy material. To improve the flavor of puddings,
sauces of a contrasting flavor are usually served with them.
were always boiled in a bag, but now desserts of this kind are prepared
by boiling, steaming, or baking.
Puddings are often
considered to be rather indigestible foods and in
many cases this is true. For this reason, it is not wise to include
to any great extent in the diet of older people and very young
Because of the ingredients
used in them, they are a heavy food and are usually high in food value.
Consequently, some thought should be given to their selection so that
they may be suitable for the rest of the meal in which they are served.
It seems to be the custom to serve a rich dessert with a heavy meal,
but, as is well known, it is less proper with such a meal than with a
light meal. A little attention given to this matter will enable you to
prepare menus that will provide your family with a properly
The time of day and the season of the year for the serving of
puddings are also matters that should receive consideration. It is much
better to serve desserts of this kind with a noon meal than with an
evening meal. Then, too, warm puddings with sauce will be found much
more appetizing in the cool season of the year than in warm weather. On
the other hand, cool desserts or fruits served as desserts are very much
more acceptable in warm weather than during the cold seasons.