Pastry Rules ~1917

Bettina's Pastry Rules. Here's a quick and dirty guide for pastry. Any other tips out there? As a gluten free family, we don't really do pastry - but one can still drool from afar... Good for the waistband if nothing else. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique…

Indian Slap-Jacks ~1886

Indian Slap Jacks - With Snow. This is the first and only recipe I've run across that uses newly-fallen snow as an egg substitute. If anyone tries this, I would love to hear about it! Note: Indian meal is cornmeal. More Fun Discoveries Dish of Snow, Whipt Cream ~1866 Rules for Eating ~1866 Potato Omelet…

Soft Gingerbread ~1866

Soft Gingerbread Recipe Note: Saleratus is baking soda. The introductory remarks suggest sticking a broom straw in the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it's done. If it has bread sticking on it, it needs more time to bake. Broom straw/toothpick more or less interchangeable I suppose. The toothpick industry sure saw…

Gotham Pudding ~1866

  Today's post of Gotham Pudding is in honor of Batman Day. I salute you, Mrs. Corwen, as a kindred Batman spirit from across the ages! Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866. More Delightful Discoveries Bathing: Cures Insanity, Prevents Cholera ~1856 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 It Is Not Merely a Question…

Bread Pudding ~1887

I never know what to do with leftover bread crusts. We are a gluten free house, which means that the bread we buy is already barely edible. That said, I'm not one to throw food away, and there must be 3 bags of heels and bread bits in the freezer. Our various attempts to use…

Illustration: Pastry ~1886

Today's post is dedicated to all of the Cook's Illustrated enthusiasts out there! Thank you, Miss Corson, for keeping it real for all 19th century home cooks. More Fun Discoveries Corn Bread Recipe ~1905 At the Head of the Vegetable Class Stands Bread ~1856 Cannelons With Cream ~1886 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and…

Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886

What, you are probably asking yourself, is a whortleberry? Well, I'm glad you did asked. Other names include: bilberry and lingonberry. The name huckleberry is derived from whortleberry (Huckle/Whortle - I suppose I see the similarity). Whortleberries are often confused with blueberries. Blueberries were cultivated from hybrids only about 100 years ago, which I did…

Corn Bread Recipe ~1905

Source: New England Cook Book, by Marion Harland, Miss. M. Parloa, Mrs. D.A.Lincoln, Thomas J.Murrey And Many Other Authorities. 1905. The Chas. E. Brown Publishing Co. Boston, New York, Chicago Note: In making this recipe, I substituted: 3/4 cup for the heaping cupfuls, vegetable oil for lard, and a 400° oven for a quick oven.…