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(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 1 lb. bread crumbs 3/4 lb. stoned raisins 3/4 lb. currants 3/4 lb. suet 3 or 4 eggs milk 2 oz. candied peel 1 tsp. powdered allspice 1/2 saltspoonful of salt Instructions: 1 lb. of flour, 1 lb...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: a quantity of best puff paste, or sugar paste various preserved fruits small fruits various sweetmeats a sprig of orange blossom or myrtle Instructions: Roll out a sufficient quantity of the best puff paste, or sugar...
(from The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping by J.M. Sanderson, 1846) Ingredients: 2 oz. rice boiling water 2 eggs sugar nutmeg 1 oz. suet, or butter currants (optional) flour sauce... boiled milk sugar nutmeg or, use a wine sauce Instructions: Take...
(from Dixie Cookery; Or, How I Managed My Table for Twelve Years, Maria Massey Barringer, 1867) Ingredients: cocoanut sugar pulped oranges Instructions: Grate the white part of the cocoanut, sweeten with a little sugar, and place in a glass bowl, in alternate layers with pulped oranges...
(from Housekeeping in the Blue Grass, by the Paris Ladies of the Presbyterian Church, 1875) Ingredients: 12 apples 1/2 lbs. sugar 2 egg whites Instructions: Boil twelve apples till soft, take off the peel and press through a sieve, add one half pound sugar, whites of two eggs whipped. Beat...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, Richmond, 1863) Ingredients: bowl of crackers tartaric acid sweetener (sugar or other) butter nutmeg Instructions: To one small bowl of crackers, that have been soaked until no hard parts...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) Ingredients: 6 fresh apples cloves lemon rind clean, picked rice sugar butter nutmeg Instructions: Take a half a dozen fresh apples, cut them into quarters and carefully remove the cores from them; then put them...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: 1 quart milk, skimmed milk will do 7 tbsp. sifted Indian meal 1 tsp. salt 1 teacup molasses 1 great spoonful of ginger, or sifted cinnamon Instructions: Indian pudding is good baked. Scald a quart of milk (skimmed...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: for 12 "pound" pears fresh lemon-peel 1/2 lb. sugar whole cloves or powdered cinnamon 1 pint port wine for smaller pears fresh lemon or orange peel brown sugar or molasses water to prevent burning Instructions: The...
from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860 from Peterson's Magazine, published by C.J. Peterson, 1860 from The Housekeeper's Encyclopedia of Useful Information for the Housekeeper, by E. F. Haskell, 1861 from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 1 lb. cocoa-nut, grated * 1 pint whole milk 6 oz. white sugar 6 eggs, whites separated from the yolks Instructions: To a pound of grated cocoa-nut allow a pint of unskimmed milk, and six ounces of white sugar. Beat...
(from The Young Housekeeper's Friend, by Mrs. Mary Hooker Cornelius, 1859) Ingredients: 1 quart milk sticks of cinnamon or three peach leaves 6 eggs 2 spoonfuls of white sugar Instructions: Put a quart of milk into a tin pail or a pitcher that holds two quarts; set it into a kettle of hot...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: twelve pounds large freestone Heath peaches four pounds sugar good whiskey or brandy blanched peach-kernels Instructions: For twelve pounds large freestone Heath peaches, not quite ripe and delicately pared, make...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by Sarah J. Hale, 1863.) Ingredients: bread butter baking apples candied lemon peel grated nutmeg sugar Instructions: Butter a pudding mould well, and line it with thin slices of bread and butter. These slices must be cut neatly, and the crust at the...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 gallon buttermilk 8 egg yolks 4 egg whites 3 pints sweet milk Instructions: One gallon buttermilk, yolks of eight eggs, and whites of four, well beaten; three pints sweet milk. Boil the sweet milk and pour on...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 3 quarts cream 2 pints brown sugar 1 pint milk Instructions: Three quarts cream, two pints brown sugar, put in a skillet and stir constantly over a brisk fire until it is dissolved. Be careful not to let it burn...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 1 pint flour 1-1/2 pint carrots 1/2 lb. raising ingredient 1 tea-cup brown sugar 2 whole eggs 4 egg yolks 1 gill of cream Instructions: Take a pint of flour, and a...
(from The Cook's Dictionary, and House-keeper's Directory, by Richard Dolby, 1830) Ingredients: 6 eggs 1/2 pint syrup 1 pint cream 3 oz. Parmesan cheese Instructions: Take six eggs, half pint of syrup, and a pint of cream, put them into a stewpan and boil them until they begin to thicken...
(from The Virginia House-wife, by Mary Randolph, 1825) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. brown sugar 1 quart flour 4 oz. butter milk eat with chocolate Instructions: Put half a pound of nice brown sugar into a quart of flour, sift it, and make into a paste, with four ounces of butter melted in as much...
(from The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-table Directory, by Charlotte Campbell Bury, 1844) Ingredients: 1 quart thick cream 1 oz. chocolate 1/4 lb. sugar 9 eggs whites Instructions: Boil a quart of thick cream, scraping into it one ounce of chocolate. Add about a quarter of a pound...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. sweet chocolate 12 eggs 1-1/2 pints & 1 gallon boiled milk 2 tbsp. arrow-root sugar vanilla seasoning Instructions: Half a pound sweet chocolate, twelve eggs, one gallon milk, two tablespoonfuls...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) (Very Good.) Ingredients: 1-1/2 lb. raisins 1/2 lb. currants 1/2 lb. mixed peel 3/4 lb. bread crumbs 3/4 lb. suet 8 eggs 1 wineglass brandy Instructions: 1328. INGREDIENTS. - 1-1/2 lb. of raisins, 1/2 lb. of currants...
(from Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, March 29, 1864) Ingredients: 1 pint flour 3 eggs 1/2 tsp. salaeratus 1 cup molasses 1/2 dried peaches Sauce: lump of butter size of a walnut half a graited nutmeg sweetener brandy Instructions: To one pint of flour add three eggs, half a...
(from Seventy-five receipts for pastry, cakes, and sweetmeats by Eliza Leslie, 1828) Ingredients: Five eggs. Two large tea-cups full of molasses. The same of brown sugar, rolled fine. The same of fresh butter. One cup of rich milk. Five cups of flour, sifted. Half a cup of powdered allspice...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1 oz. isinglass 1 lemon 1 pint water 4 eggs 1 pint sherry, Madeira, or raisin-wine sifted sugar Instructions: 1426. INGREDIENTS. - 1 oz. of isinglass, the rind and juice of 1 lemon, 1 pint of water, 4 eggs...
(from The Carolina Housewife, Or, House and Home, by Sarah Rutledge, 1851) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. almonds fresh butter loaf sugar water Instructions: Blanch half a pound of almonds and fry them in a small table-spoonful of fresh butter, until they are of a light brown; then wipe them with a...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1862) Ingredients: 1 pint strawberries 4 oz. powdered sugar 1 pint of cream Instructions: Pass a pint of picked strawberries through a sieve with wooden spoon, add four ounces of powdered sugar and a pint of cream, and...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 2 lbs. figs 1 lb. suet 1/2 lb. flour 1/2 lb. bread crumbs 2 eggs milk Instructions: 1275. INGREDIENTS. - 2 lbs. of figs, 1 lb. of suet, 1/2 lb. of flour, 1/2 lb. of bread crumbs, 2 eggs, milk. Mode. Cut...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: Country Preparation... 5 or 6 eggs 1 quart milk salt flour City Preparation... 3 eggs 1 quart milk salt slightly more flour Instructions: Common flour pudding, or batter pudding, is easily made. Those who live in...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Fontaine Cabell Tyree, 1877) Ingredients: 12 eggs sugar flour 2 lbs. "A" sugar juice & pulp of 5 oranges juice & pulp of 3 lemons Instructions: Twelve eggs, their full weight in sugar, a half-weight in flour. Bake it in pans the thickness of...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: water, 1 quart / 3 pints / 2 quarts, as required Indian meal or rye meal salt to taste serve with milk or molasses Instructions: Boil water, a quart, three pints, or two quarts, according to the size of your...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Mrs. Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: Six Eggs Pint of Wine 1/2 Lb. Sugar One Orange One Lemon Quart of Sweet Cream Whipped Heavy Cream as a topping Instructions: Beat the yolks of six eggs till very light and smooth; stir into them gradually a pint of wine...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: lemon juice or essence of peppermint or orange juice loaf-sugar Instructions: Squeeze some lemon-juice into a pan. Pound in a mortar some of the best loaf-sugar, and then sift it through a very fine sieve. Mix it with...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 gallon rich cream 6 lemons 2-4 teacups of sugar Instructions: One gallon rich cream, six lemons, first rubbed till soft, and then grated. Tie the yellow peel, which has been grated off, in a piece of coarse...
(from The Good Housekeeper, by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, 1839) Ingredients: 2 large lemons 1/4 lb. pounded loaf sugar 1/4 lb. fresh butter 3 eggs puff paste grated loaf sugar Instructions: Boil in water, in a closely covered saucepan, two large lemons till quite tender; take out the seeds...
(from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-book, by Catharine Esther Beecher, 1846) Ingredients: molasses (maple is the best) teaspoonful of saleratus / quart of mixture pounded or whole roasted corn or peanuts or almonds or walnuts or hazelnuts whole popped corn Instructions: As all children are...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 1 quart molassas 1 tsp. saleratus butter nuts or popped corn optional Instructions: Boil a quart of molasses half an hour; add a tea-spoonful of saleratus, to make...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 1 lb. best brown sugar 2 quarts West India molasses 3 lemons, or large tsp. of strong essence of lemon optional additions: almonds blanched, or a quart of ground-nuts, blanched Instructions: Mix a pound of the best...
(from Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, November 25, 1862) Ingredients: 1 cup syrup or molasses 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 tbsp. butter Instructions: One cup of syrup or molasses, one cup of brown sugar, four eggs, one tablespoon of butter; beat all together, as soon as the custard...
(from French Domestic Cookery, by Louis-Eustache Audot, 1846) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 4 oz. beef suet hot water salt ripe mulberries pie paste powdered sugar Instructions: Make a paste of a pound of flour, four ounces of beef suet chopped very finely, and hot water, with a little salt. Roll...

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