Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, 1861, a guide to all facets of running the Victorian household.
I love it particularly for its colour plates of an endless variety of beautiful dishes;
For such beautiful little prints, and such fascinating style and language;
And for its illustrations and discussion of household tools, solutions, recipes, remedies. It’s an extraordinary bit of history to page through. I had a peek at Mrs Beeton’s apple turnover recipe, of course.
- FRUIT TURNOVERS (suitable for Pic-Nics).
- 1278. INGREDIENTS – Puff-paste No. 1206, any kind of fruit, sugar to taste.
- Mode.–Make some puff-paste by recipe No. 1206; roll it out to the thickness of about 1/4 inch, and cut it out in pieces of a circular form; pile the fruit on half of the paste, sprinkle over some sugar, wet the edges and turn the paste over. Press the edges together, ornament them, and brush the turnovers over with the white of an egg; sprinkle over sifted sugar, and bake on tins, in a brisk oven, for about 20 minutes. Instead of putting the fruit in raw, it may be boiled down with a little sugar first, and then inclosed in the crust; or jam, of any kind, may be substituted for fresh fruit.
- -Time.–20 minutes.
- Sufficient–1/2 lb. of puff-paste will make a dozen turnovers.
- Seasonable at any time.
I love that she calls pastry, simply, paste. So it is! Patisserie.
This is a 1906 edition of the book, first published in full in 1861. I’ve borrowed it from a friend and found it full of yellowed clippings and ads dating back from the 1920’s. Entrancing stuff.