Introduction: The link between Sunderland AFC and the black cat stems originally from a gun battery on the River Wear in 1805 which was called the ‘Black Cat’ battery after the men manning the station heard awful howling from a wailing black cat.
A hundred years later in 1905, a black cat was pictured sitting on a football next to Chairman F.W. Taylor and three years later a black cat featured on a team photograph.
The first official badge
This is a vintage recipe for a Sunderland pudding from the 18th Century when it was also known as a flour pudding.
Preparation time: 40mins
Cooking time: 20-30 mins
Home kit: large mixing bowl, some small cups
Away kit: some saucers
- 225g sugar
- 225g butter
- 1 pint of milk
- 300g of sifted flour
- 3 eggs and 2 egg yolks
- A little lemon zest
Method: Preheat the oven to 100oC
Heat the milk until hot but not boiling and stir in the butter until it melts. Let it cool for about ½ an hour before adding the other ingredients.
Stir in the sugar, flour and eggs and lemon zest. Whisk the mixture until light and fluffy.
Butter the cups and fill them rather more than half full; bake for about twenty minutes to half an hour.
Full time results
Serve with fruit, cream, custard or all three poured into the cups you cooked them in. Remember to put them on the saucers.