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Just how much booze is needed to set a plum pudding aflame?

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Just how much booze is needed to set a plum pudding aflame?

rworange | Dec 26, 2008 09:54 AM

I buy this small plum pudding and I'm reading about plum pudding on the web since I have limited familiarity with this dessert.

There are lovely pictures of the pudding a flame and stories of turning the lights down while the pudding is brought to the table and people oohh and ahhh.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christma...

So I pour some booze over a slice. I'm all set for things to go wrong and have things on hand to put out the fire should it get out of hand.

Nothing. I get a few matches too close to the pudding and it puts the match out. I'm pouring more booze on it. Nothing. nada. zilch.

I'm not a hard alchohol drinker so all I had on hand was some 80 proof vodka. Does vodka not flame? Why wouldn't it? Alcohol is alcohol.

What am I doing wrong?

Plum pudding seems very fruitcake like. I wonder why people never set fruit cake on fire. To people who don't seem to like fruitcake, that would seem to solve the problem ... the annual burning of the fruitcake log.

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