Saturday, February 5, 2011

French Plum Pasties

6 ounces whole meal flour. 2 ounces white flour. 3 ounces butter. A little water. Stewed French plums. 1 egg.

Make a paste of the flour, butter, water, and half the egg; roll out rather thin; cut into four-inch squares, place a French plum, having removed the stone, in the centre of each square, moisten the edges with a little water, fold them over, brush over with the remainder of the beaten egg, and bake in a moderate oven for fifteen or twenty minutes.

Note.--They may be eaten either hot or cold, and will be found particularly suitable for travelling, etc.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lentil Pudding

1 tablespoon soaked lentils. ¼ pint water. 2 tablespoons soaked sago. ½ ounce butter. 1 turnip. 1 carrot. 1 shalot. ½ teaspoon salt. Paste for crust No. 207.

Slice the carrot and turnip, mince the shalot, and place them in a stewpan with the lentils, butter, and water; boil for about half an hour, add salt and sago, and stir for three minutes. Line a small pudding basin with paste, pour in the mixture, cover with more paste, tie a floured cloth over, and boil for three hours.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Potted Lentils

1 quart soaked lentils. 1 quart water. 4 ounces butter. 1 teaspoon salt. A pinch of sweet herbs. 6 cloves. 6 allspice. 12 peppercorns. 1 inch cinnamon stick. A piece of mace size of a shilling.

Dissolve the butter in a saucepan, then place in all the ingredients except the salt. Remove the scum as it rises. Boil one hour, add salt, boil again half an hour, then remove the lid and stir constantly for another half hour, or until the lentils are reduced to a thick pulp. Rub through a wire sieve with a wooden spoon until only the husks remain. When quite cold, place in a dish or jar, and pour oiled butter over the top to exclude the air. It will keep good for some days.

Note.--The thick remaining in the sieve may be re-boiled for stock.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Baked Mushroom Pudding

½ pound haricot bean pulp. 6 or 8 button mushrooms. 1 shalot. 2 teaspoons of Worcester or other sauce. 3 eggs. 1 ounce butter. Pepper and salt to taste.

To obtain the pulp, rub about three-quarters of a pound of well-cooked beans through a wire sieve, add the mushrooms and shalot very finely minced, stir in the yolks of the eggs reserving the whites, add seasoning if required; grease a deep tin or pie dish with the butter, pour in the mixture, and bake for about half an hour, or until set. In the meantime beat the whites to a stiff froth, and after beating add the sauce, turn the pudding on to a hot dish, arrange the froth prettily over it, and return to the oven to set the egg. Serve quickly.

This pudding may be steamed instead of baked, but the whites of eggs will not then be required.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Boiled Mushroom Pudding

Mushrooms. Pudding crust.

Butter a pudding basin, line it with paste, fill with mushrooms, add pepper and salt to taste (about one teaspoonful of salt and half of pepper to one dozen good sized mushrooms), adding gravy made by stewing the peel and stalks of the mushrooms for half an hour in sufficient water to cover them, and strained before using. Cover with paste, flour a cloth and tie firmly over, and boil for three hours.

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