Whilst experimenting with our foodie ideas, I came across some very very old cookery books and I would like to use this blog to share one of them with you...really this blog should be called the big bread blog... I happened to catch the programme about the Victorian bakers this week and I do enjoy baking bread - so this book should help to celebrate bread and also use up any of your spare crusts. I doubt very much that any of the recipes will be on the menu as they are, but in the interests of nostalgia you may want to try some.
So I have selected a few for you.... but before I list them - here are some that didn't make it onto the blog - Brains on Toast, Ham Mould (didn't sound too appetising!) Devilled Mutton, Pain Perdu (lost on me), Liver Souffle, Bread Jelly , Raw Beef Sandwiches, Toast Water - (apparently beneficial if you have influenza but I'm not entirely convinced...)
Bacon and Asparagus on Toast
Grill as many rashers of bacon as required. Make several rounds of buttered toast. Arrange two or three rashers on each round and put several short sticks of asparagus which you have previously warmed, crossways on top of the bacon. Sprinkle with grated cheese and place under the grill for a few minutes.
4 Sour Apples 1oz Butter
2oz breadcrumbs 1 egg
2oz sugar 1/2 lemon
Pare, core and slice the apples, stew them with the sugar, butter grated rind and juice of the lemon until tender then stir in the well beaten egg. Put half the breadcumbs at the bottom of a buttered pie-dish pur in the apple mixture and cover with the rest of the breadcrumbs. Add a few bits of butter and bake for about 15 mins in a moderate oven.
"Peasant Girl with Veil"
8oz breadcrumbs 1 1/4lbs apples
2 tbsps sugar Chocolate
2oz butter Whipped Cream
Peel and core the apples and stew until a pulp. Mix the breadcrumbs sugar and butter and cook till set and almost dry. Put a layer of this mixture on a dish, cover with stewed apples, place another layer of the breadcurmbs over this and finall sprinkle with grated chocolate. Cover with whipped cream.
Baked Banana Pudding
Line a well-buttered pie dish with fingers of bread and butter. Cover with a layer of skinned and quartered bananas then another layer of bread and butter. Continue until the dish is three-parts full. Add a dessertspoonful of cornflour mixed to a smooth paste, to a heated 1/2pint of milk; add sugar, salt and a little lemon juice and when cool one beaten egg. Pour into the dish and bake in a moderate oven for half an hour.
In case anyone isn't convinced -the writer of this little gem says "bread remains the foundation food - the real energy provider, the basic fuel for the human machine" If you still aren't convinced just remember-
Avoid those who don’t like bread and children. – Swiss Proverb
With a piece of bread in your hand you’ll find paradise under a pine tree. – Russian Proverb
Rather a piece of bread with a happy heart than wealth with grief. – Egyptian Proverb
Better dry bread in peacetime than meat in wartime. – Hungarian Proverb