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TV Dinner: Delicious Food Pairings for KCTS 9’s Holiday Specials

Enjoy these delicious recipes paired with Last Tango in Halifax, Call the Midwife and Victoria on KCTS 9.

December 12, 2017

There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow. Oh, and British holiday specials on KCTS 9. Don’t miss brand new holiday episodes from fan favorites Call the Midwife and Last Tango in Halifax. And, on Christmas Eve, there will be a mini Victoria on Masterpiece marathon — a perfect time to cram for the upcoming second season, premiering Jan. 14!

Since it’s the time of year to indulge, commemorate the television specials with these British holiday desserts. We’ve found the perfect pairings for the shows you love!

Last Tango in Halifax + Meyer Lemon Curd Trifle 

Last Tango in Halifax will air a two-part holiday special on two nights, Sundays Dec. 17 and Dec. 24, at 8:00 p.m. Tune in for two holiday helpings of the series — and enjoy seconds of English trifle! Watch as the family conducts a Christmas séance at Caroline’s new farmhouse in Huddersfield.

Save room for a quintessential English dessert with this Meyer Lemon Curd Trifle

Call the Midwife + Fruitcake

Time warp back to the 1960s with Call the Midwife on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 9:00 p.m. Watch as the midwives battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patients care during the coldest winter in three centuries. Pair the retro series with a vintage dessert beloved by Brits and Anglophiles alike: Fruitcake.

Hey, before you sound too American with your Fruitcake quips, remember that Queen Elizabeth’s wedding cake in 1947 was a fruitcake. And, it wasn’t until after World War II that fruitcake started to have brightly colored, candied ingredients.

Try this classic Fruitcake recipe.

Victoria + Plum Pudding 

Victoria returns Jan. 14, 2018 for its second season. For those of you needing a refresher (or watching for the first time) Season 1 will be re-broadcast, starting Sunday, Dec. 17, at 9:00 p.m. The following Sunday (Dec. 24), Christmas Eve, will boast a mini Victoria marathon with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9:00 p.m. Get in the spirit with a classic British Christmas treat: plum pudding. 

Did you know that plum pudding, AKA Christmas pudding, gets its own yuletide holiday in Britain? Stir-up Sunday is approximately five weeks before Christmas. On this day, families start to make their plum pudding so it has enough time to age before Christmas dinner. 

We won’t leave until we get some…. So, you better make this Plum Pudding.


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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