Category : Dessert

A Boiled Plum-Pudding

Posted on: December 18th, 2017


From A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, by Charles Dickens, 1843.

Mrs. Cratchit left the room alone — too nervous to bear witnesses — to take the pudding up and bring it in…Hallo. A great deal of steam. The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day. That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastry cook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that. That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.

It is this passage from Dicken’s famous story that help cement the plum pudding …

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To Make Mince Pies the Best Way

Posted on: October 12th, 2017

Mincemeat pies are a medieval Christmas tradition. Typically, mincemeats are made up several months in advance to allow the flavors to merge. The ever-present alcohol and sugar was a way to preserve meat. By the late 18th century the meat component had become optional.





To Make Mince Pies the Best Way


From The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, by Hannah Glasse, 1776 edition

Take three pounds of suet shred very fine, and chopped as small as possible; two pounds of raisins stoned, and chopped as fine as possible; two pounds of currants nicely picked, washed, rubbed and dried at the fire; half a hundred of fine pippins, pared, cored and chopped small’ half a pound of fine sugar pounded fine; a quarter of an ounce of mace, a quarter of an ounce …

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Crocant Covers, a Flight of Fancy for your Dessert Course

Posted on: October 12th, 2017



By Charles Alan Welsh, Intern, Historic Foodways

When dinning with a Royal Governor it is just as important to eat with one’s eyes and nose, as with one’s mouth. Fanciful desserts of sweetmeats, sugar and pastry, such as a crocant, were a way to delight dinners while showing off the power and wealth of the host.  Though not hard to create, a pastry dome crocant would take time and effort to produce.


A Crocant


From The Lady’s Magazine; Or, Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex …, Volume 4, 1773, G. Robinson

When you make sweetmeat tarts, or a crocant tart, lay in the sweetmeats, or preserved fruits either in glass or china patties that are small, for that purpose; lay a very thin crust on the top, and let them be baked no more than till …

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Pistachio Creams

Posted on: June 6th, 2017

Pistachio creams

What modern people would recognize as cooked custards or puddings we here in the 18th century call creams, which would be found in the dessert course of an elegant dinner. Creams came in a variety of flavors: chocolate, orange, lemon, almond, apple, and more. If you froze them they would become iced creams.

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Celebrate the Holidays with our Cranberry Tart

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016


What could be more festive than a beautiful, shimmering ruby cranberry tart for the holidays? Each time we make one of Amelia Simmons’ cranberry tarts, visitors to the kitchen inevitably ask for the recipe.  Though simple and delicious, the directions are not as clear as most modern cooks would like them. Our Foodways staff worked out the recipe for you so that you can try this new take on cranberry sauce at home.

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The Creation of Edible Art

Posted on: November 21st, 2016

Finished treat for edible art post Nov 2016

Sugar… Just the word conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort. We eat it at birthdays and weddings, we eat it in chocolate at holidays and we put raw sugar in our coffee and tea every morning. From World War II GIs eating M&Ms to countless pop culture mentions, sugar has always had a prominent place in the American pantry.

The 18th century was no different.

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Sugar, Spice & All Things Nice!

Posted on: January 28th, 2016

ConfectionerFor many of us, these words evoke childhood memories of stories and nursery rhymes told by our grandparents and that warm and fuzzy feeling we get from remembering trips to the local candy store with the change Grandpa gave us from his pocket to buy that special treat!

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Toast the Holidays With Chocolate Wine!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015

chocolate wineWhat better way to celebrate the season than serving two of our favorite things together—chocolate and wine? Try serving this simple yet unexpected combination at your holiday party, or, if you are adventurous, for Christmas Breakfast. The Historic Foodways Staff wishes to thank everyone for your continued support. Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Rice Omelet

Posted on: November 11th, 2015

Rice_Omelet_YouTubeHere at Historic Foodways, we never judge a recipe by its title.  This different version of a rice pudding has nothing to do with what we think of as an omelet. Instead, this lovely pudding has a think custard poured over a molded rice. It’s also gluten free!  Enjoy.

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To Make an Apple Pudding

Posted on: September 24th, 2015

apple pud photo 7For those of you who are interested in trying to replicate the three recipes mentioned in A Tale of Three Apples, the following is the recipe for our boiled apple pudding.

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