Mrs. Madison’s Whim ~1866

This recipe starts off fairly blasé, but then quickly morphs into something entirely whimsical - as the title suggests, with 12 eggs, rose-leaf steeped brandy, 2 pounds of chopped raisins...and it will keep for 3 (?!?!) months! Well then, Mrs. Madison, we've learned something new about your penchant for hearty cakes! Source: Mrs. Crowen's American…

How to Make Ice Cream ~1866

Just in time for summer, ice cream! Who ever knew making ice cream was so involved? Note the blatant product placement for Austin's Magic Freezer. I do hope Mrs. Crowen got some sort of affiliate fee. Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries To Dry Artichoke Bottoms 1808 Corned-Beef Hash, New-England Style Recipe ~1886 Oranges With Jelly ~1886…

Cream Custard ~1866

Freshly ground nutmeg is heavenly! Note: I used  2/3 cup of sugar, 1 quart 2% milk, a standardized teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 a small nutmeg. Baked in a 350° F oven for 70 minutes in a water bath. Source: Mrs. Crowen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866. Other Fun Discoveries: Interpreting Victorian Baking Temperatures…

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…

To Make A Hedge Hog ~1866

This recipe is very involved - talk about creative! And absolutely adorable... More Fun Discoveries: Beef Stewed (ragoo) ~1866 Why all the masquerade I ask? We live but once-Why not live well? ~1900 Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866.

Jelly Fritters ~1866

Ingredients: 2 Eggs 1 Pint Milk 1 Pint Wheat Flour - or more 1 Tablespoonful Lard 1 Saltspoonful of Salt 1 Doyle (Doily) Dessertspoonful of Firm Jelly or Jam Question: When was the last time you used the word doily? More Delightful Discoveries Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Maccaroni, with Cheese ~1881 A Slow…

Spinning Sugar ~1886

So I'm not sure if this holds with the practical of Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery, but... Check out this wonderful Victorian image of spinning sugar - slightly intimidating for the home cook. In fact, probably don't try this at home. Also, note the handlebar on this gentleman! Very, very dapper indeed! More Fun Discoveries…

Oranges With Jelly ~1886

Oranges filled with jelly sound delicious! And "The effect is very pretty." Note the reference to Florida orange jelly. If you do a quick internet search, you come up with oranges filled with jello, but I don't think it's necessarily what they were going for. That said, I'm sure the modern twist is probably easier!…

Cannelons With Cream ~1886

Cannelons: Not to be confused with cannoli, but the similarity is uncanny, no? Something was lost in translation...darned Italian grammar. The baking stick illustration is marvelous! One can imagine the young children of the household running around with these in mock battles! Here is a fried cannellons recipes from 1830: To read the description, they…