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Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding – Layered Jello Mold

Victorian flower jelly pudding – this layered jelly and custard dessert topped with edible flowers will sure impress your guests!

Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding - Layered Jello Mold

Victorian jellies and custards were elaborate desserts served at formal dinners. This layered jello mold consist of fluffy vanilla pudding mousse with whipped egg whites, lemon jelly and is topped with edible flowers. And if you want an even more impressive dessert, you can make naturally blue butterfly pea jelly instead of lemon jelly! Continue reading Victorian Flower Jelly Pudding – Layered Jello Mold

5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes

These old-fashioned lemon pies from scratch are a perfect treat for a hot summer day! Six different Victorian & Edwardian recipes for lemon pie such as lemon pie with lemon slices, classic lemon tart, lemon meringue pie & lemon cream pie.

5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes

I can’t decide which of the following Victorian lemon pies was my favorite because all were so delicious! Continue reading 5+ Victorian Lemon Pie Recipes

How To Make Hay With A Scythe – History Of Haymaking

How To Make Hay With A Scythe - History Of Haymaking
The Haymaker, Julien Dupré, 1890s

 

In the Victorian era, hay was made by hand with a scythe. But even today, a scythe is often used to cut grass and make hay. I love making hay with a scythe – it’s the best full body workout! Every summer, I make hay for our rabbits by hand with a scythe. Besides haymaking, the scythe is also perfect to cut grass on a hill in our garden that is too steep for a lawn mower.

‘Now, whilst the mowers are whetting their scythes, and the fragrant smell of the hay fills the summer air, let us sit on the haycock, and glance at the flowers around us.’ (English Wild Flowers, 1868)

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Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

For years I wanted to candy whole fruit and finally I candied whole mandarin oranges, kiwis, pears and cherries! It takes at least 5 days to candy whole fruit but it’s totally worth it!

Victorian Whole Candied Fruit Recipe

In the past, I candied watermelon rind, orange slices, cherries and lemon and orange peel. However, I couldn’t find a modern recipe for whole candied fruit. But I finally found historical recipes for whole candied fruit. Yay!

Whole candied fruit – also called crystallized fruit or glaze fruit – were popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era Continue reading Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

Victorian Pistachio Cake

This naturally green Victorian pistachio cake is an old German recipe from the 1860s!

Victorian Pistachio Cake

You need 5 ingredients for the Victorian pistachio cake: pistachios, almonds, a lot of eggs, sugar and some flour. The cake is basically a pistachio marzipan sponge cake. The Victorian recipe says to make the pistachio marzipan first: pistachios, blanched almonds and some of the eggs were pounded in a mortar until they form a paste. But today, you can just use a food processor or blender to make the pistachio marzipan! Continue reading Victorian Pistachio Cake

Victorian Gilded Walnuts – Tutorial

Gilded walnuts were popular Christmas tree ornaments in the Victorian era. Victorian gilded walnut ornaments are easy, cheap and beautiful natural Christmas decorations – all you need are walnuts, ribbon and gold acrylic paint.

Victorian Gilded Walnuts Tutorial

‘Then the ladies called us into another room and there was the Christmas tree! […]There were dozens of little candles upon it all alight. And it was covered with pretty things, gilded walnuts, and oranges, and apples, and sweets.’ (Philips’ Series Of Reading Books For Public Elementary Schools, 1874, p. 57)

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Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)

Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Roasted salted almonds – an easy, satisfying snack – were already popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Salted Almonds - Historical Recipes

‘At intervals about the center were cut glass and fancy china dishes of pimolas, salted almonds, and pecans, and pink and green confections, with little fancy Venetian salt dishes conveniently near the plates.’ (The Home Science Cook Book, 1902)

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, salted almonds were served at formal dinners, such as at Christmas dinners: ‘Salted almonds make a nourishing side dish at luncheon, or for dessert.’ (Meals Medicinal, 1905) Continue reading Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.

Victorian Quince Paste - Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy