“Say’st thou so,” quoth Jack; “that is like one of your Welsh tricks, yet I hope to be cunning enough for you.” Then, getting out of bed, he laid a billet in the bed in his stead, and hid himself in a corner of the room. At the dead time of the night in came the Welsh giant, who struck several heavy blows on the bed with his club, thinking he had broken every bone in Jack’s skin. The next morning Jack, laughing in his sleeve, gave him hearty thanks for his night’s lodging. “How have you rested?” quoth the giant; “did you not feel anything in the night?” “No,” quoth Jack, “nothing but a rat, which gave me two or three slaps with her tail.” With that, greatly wondering, the giant led Jack to breakfast, bringing him a bowl containing four gallons of hasty pudding.
-Jack the Giant Killer
I finally got around to seeing Hansel and Gretel at the movies the other day, and came across the ad for Jack the Giant Slayer which comes out in cinemas March 1st. Originally I thought this was a spin off for Jack and the Beanstalk. And while they did borrow aspects of the fairy tale, there’s another fairy tale, Jack the Giant Killer, on which it is more closely based. As the title stated, this Cornish fairy tale is about Jack, a giant killer, set in King Arthur’s time, published around 1711.
The version I’ve gone off of is by Joseph Jacobs.
Hasty Pudding is essentially a grain porriage, where wheat or oat flour is boiled in milk or water. Later when it was brought over to America, they turned to cornmeal, a cheap easily accessible alternative. Tapioca is another alternative.
To make this more appealing than just eating a pile of mush, add some brown sugar, and spices.
This is all that goes in- flour and milk or water. The end result is like oatmeal but smoother, creamier. Use either wheat flour or oat flour (you can grind up rolled oats with a coffe grinder), or use the American cornmeal.
1/4 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
pinch of salt
Bring all to a boil, and let simmer until thickened (10-15 minutes), stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom fo the pan.
To make it tastier than what Jack would’ve had, stir in a choice of brown sugar and cinnamon, or honey, cream, maple syrup, etc. Leftover hasty pudding can be chilled in the fridge, sliced and fried in butter.