Category Archives: Spices

Quaking Pudding

Quaking pudding is much more like the modern day pudding idea that we have in our heads. . It is definitely different than the plum pudding. The ratios are much different, a lot less flour and a lot more liquid … Continue reading

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Mushroom Ketchup

The first recipe for tomato ketchup was in 1801, but tomato ketchup did not become popular until the mid-19th century. The tomato plant is a member of the deadly nightshade family and many people considered it a deadly poison in … Continue reading

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Baking Simple Gingerbread

Gingerbread was a favorite treat in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many vendors sold it in the streets and markets. Many believe gingerbread possesses special medicinal properties, so it was even used to treat things like the sniffles. 2 cups … Continue reading

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1796 Sweet Potato Pudding

Today we’ll be making a wonderful sweet potato pudding from Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American Cookery. 1 ½ pounds Sweet Potatoes (Can substitute Winter Squash, Crookneck Squash, Pumpkin, or any Potatoes) 3 Large Apples 3 ½ tablespoons Breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon flour … Continue reading

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The Christmas Pie

In most English societies, for centuries Christmas has been a time of gatherings, and food, and festivities, and traditions, and family. For many people in the eighteenth century, Christmas was celebrated much differently than it typically is today. Remnants of … Continue reading

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Read Twice, Bake Once.

When it comes to interpreting 18th century cookbooks, sometimes it pays to go with your instinct when it tells you a recipe may be inaccurate. Take for instance this recipe from the book “The Universal Cook” by Francis Collingwood and … Continue reading

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