Victorian Violet And Rose Pastille Recipes

Victorian Violet And Rose Pastille Recipes

I’ve found some Victorian recipes for flower scented pastilles: violet and rose pastilles. The violet pastilles are flavored with orris root powder, while the rose pastilles are flavored with rosewater or rose oil. As soon as I find the time I’ll try out these recipes. I’d also like to make violet pastilles with real violet flowers, but haven’t found a recipe yet.

Orris Lozenges (The Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts in All the Useful and Domestic Arts, 1841)
  • 1 ounce orris powder
  • 2 pounds white sugar
  • 1 pound starch

‘Mix with a weak decoction of Brazil wood.’

 

Violet Lozenges (The Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts in All the Useful and Domestic Arts, 1841)
  • 1 ounce ounce orris powder
  • 1 ounce gum arabic
  • 2 pounds white sugar
  • 1 drachm cochineal and 1 quart water macerated for two days

‘Make into a thick paste’.

 

candied violet flowers
Candied violets

 

Rose Lozenges (The Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts in All the Useful and Domestic Arts, 1841)
  • 6 pounds sugar
  • 1 pound starch
  • 1 drachm attar of roses
  • 12 ounces powdered gum

‘Mix with water, pinked with cochineal.’

 

Rose Drops (The Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts in All the Useful and Domestic Arts, 1841)
  • 6 ounces rosewater
  • 2 pounds sugar

‘Make into drops.’

 

candied violets

2 thoughts on “Victorian Violet And Rose Pastille Recipes

  1. I’m not sure I understand what you mean when you say, “I’d also like to make violet pastilles with real violet flowers, but haven’t found a recipe yet.” I love your site because of the many DIY and sewing ideas; how can you not know how to make sugared violets that don’t look like the candied, purple-fly things in stores and on most sites? Surely you’re asking for something I’m too dense to understand. Sorry, I didn’t mean to call you Shirley.(“Airplane!”)

    Anyway, I found this and have made lovely dessert accents with my backyard violets.

    https://boisdejasmin.com/2018/04/how-to-candy-violets.html

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge in such an easy-to-understand & attractive way. Love the photographs and illustrations; the jewelry & clothing are so creative (the ice luminary is genius); and I really appreciate the attention to detail that goes into all of your instructions & historical references.

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