I came across a great little handwritten book of recipes today. It comes from the SHC’s Stephen D. Heard Papers. The volume (dated 1828-1867), which belonged to Mrs. Anna Edgar of Augusta, Georgia, includes recipes for such dishes as orange pudding and roast, as well as remedies for dysentery, a formula for whitewash, and a “recipe for knitted lace.” (What a combination!) I thought I would share one especially enticing recipe here. If anyone out there gives it a shot, we’d love to hear about your experience.
Fill your skillet half full of apples without paring or cutting them, then fill it up with clean water. Let them boil untill perfectly soft. Take off the liquid as clean as possible. If any pieces of apple should be in it strain through a piece of muslin, then add one tb. of Sugar to a quart of water. Let it boil very fast untill it is a thick syrup. Pour it into moulds or Jars. Be careful that it does not boil high as that will make it cloudy.