Edwardian Picnic Recipes – Historical Food Fortnightly

Edwardian Picnic Recipes - Historical Food Fortnightly

For the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 11 ‘picnic foods’, I tried out a 1910s lemonade, three Edwardian savory and one sweet sandwich recipe. ‘One half of the attraction of a picnic depends on the daintiness of the fare provided’ (1910s photographs and instructions about how to host an Edwardian picnic) ‘Sandwiches play the most important part on the picnic menu.’ (source) ‘ The bread should be cut fairly thin – not over one half inch. If the crusts are removed the sandwich is daintier and easier to eat.’ (source)

edwardian sandwich recipes

1899 Plain Ham Sandwich

‘Trim the crusts from thin slices of bread; butter them and lay between every two some thin slices of cold boiled ham. Spread the meat with a little mustard if liked.’

edwardian sweet and savory sandwich recipes

1905 Beef Sandwich

‘A beef sandwich may be made from cold roast beef as a filling, or from cold boiled beef.’ ‘Spread between thin slices of buttered bread. These are much easier to digest than ham sandwiches.’ (1909 recipe)

edwardian cucumber sandwich recipe

1917 Tomato or Cucumber Sandwich

‘Lay slices of either tomato or cucumber on bread which has been spread with butter and salad dressing.’

edwardian sweet coconut sandwich recipe

1913 Sweet Coconut Sandwich

‘Dissolve over heat one rounding tablespoonful of butter and two tablespoonfuls of sugar; when cool, add two tablespoonfuls of grated cocoanut, […] and two well-beaten eggs. This must be cold when used for sandwiches.’

lemonade recipe

1910 Lemonade
  • 4 lemons
  • 1l boiling water
  • 12 tbsp sugar

1910s lemonade recipe

‘Wipe the lemons on a clean cloth. Then cut off the rinds very thinly, putting them in a jug with the sugar. Carefully remove all pith from the lemons. (Unless this is done, the lemonade will have a bitter flavour.) Slice the lemons into the jug. being careful to take out every pip, for they, like the pith, would give a bitter flavour. Pour on the boiling water, cover the jug, and leave the lemonade until it is cold.’

edwardian lemonade recipe

1937 Iced Watermelon

‘The iced watermelon should be well chilled before leaving for the picnic. It will hold the cold for quite a while.’

watermelon and strawberries picnic recipe

1937 Fresh Strawberries

‘Select large berries, leave stems on. Wash thoroughly enough berries for four people and keep them whole, in the refrigerator, until ready to leave.’

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