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Dr. Zabdiel Boylston's Honeycomb Pudding

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

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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 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.
Updated Monday, November 5th, 2007

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