I came across some recipes form 1879 – the instructions were minimal to say the least! I don’t think this shows carelessness or indifference on the part of the person who wrote them – C.A.E. who sent them to an Australian local newspaper, I think it shows how anyone reading the recipe was an experienced cook and would understand them!
- 1 pint of flour
- 1 pint of fine sugar
- two or three tablespoonfuls of butter or clarified dripping
- 12 drops of essence of lemon
- a small pinch of carbonate of soda
- two large or three small eggs
- mix all
- roll thin and cut out
- bake in not too hot an oven, they take only a few minutes
… and that is it! This recipe is written without an ingredient list – which is how before the cooks of the nineteenth century, everything was written. Are they biscuits? They don’t sound like cakes at all!
- boil ripe tomatoes till clear from the skins
- … then strain through a cullender (this is the actual spelling)
- to every pint 1 lb. of sugar
- boil till thick
- … then add essence of lemon to suit the taste
- ripe tomatoes
- 1 lb sugar per pint of tomatoes
- essence of lemon
Rock Melon Jam.
- peel the rock melon and take the seeds out
- cut the melon up
- … and to every pound of fruit put half a pound of sugar
- … and boil it
- rock melon
… and that is it!! Fruit and sugar! Nothing more, nothing less!
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