This Edwardian peach pie tastes fruity, sweet and sour – it just tastes of summer!
This recipe for homemade peach pie from scratch is from the Edwardian era, it was published in ‘Best Recipes For Baking. A Book For The Home’ in 1907. Like most old recipes from the Victorian and Edwardian era, it’s not very specific! Old recipes usually are like: Make a pie crust, add enough fruit or custard and bake in a moderately warm oven! 😉 Continue reading Edwardian Peach Pie→
Noyaux, marzipan, amaretto, kirschwasser, cherry jam – there are a lot of recipes that are made with apricot kernels, peach kernels or cherry pits!
Just recently I found out that apricot kernels, cherry pits, peach kernels and peach leaves can be used as natural bitter almond flavoring. ‘Families should always save their peach-kernels, as they can be used in cakes, puddings and custards.’ (Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, 1836, p. 56) And even if the kernels contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide in the body, it’s safe to consume food prepared with kernels if it’s cooked or baked before eating (more about it here).
Almond extract is easy and cheap to make at home – it just takes some time! You can use almonds to make homemade almond extract or something that you’d usually throw away: fruit stones!
In the past, fruit stones – such as apricot pits, peach kernels and cherry pits – were often used to flavor custard, cake or compote. Real almond extract – also called noyaux – is made with fruit stones. But apricot pits etc. contain a form of cyanide – so if you’re worried about it just make homemade almond extract with almonds! Continue reading Homemade Almond Extract – With Almonds Or Apricot Pits→
Three delicious and easy Edwardian marble cake recipes from 1902 – two classic marble cake recipes with chocolate and one flavored with just spices: cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.
In the Victorian and Edwardian era, marble cakes were usually flavored with spices – cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg – instead of with chocolate or cocoa powder. While the light part of the marble cake was usually made with just egg whites, the dark part was colored with brown sugar, molasses and egg yolks – no chocolate or cocoa powder! Continue reading 3 Edwardian Marble Cake Recipes→