Jane Austen

Austen, ice cream and summer


Inspired (somewhat) by Carolyn’s post yesterday I’ve been over at History Hoydens today talking about eels and thought I’d talk today about summer and summer foods.

First, here’s a great link to some recipes from the online newsletter from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, including the delectable Anne Elliott’s Apricot Ice Cream.

The modern recipe you’ll find there is based on one in Hannah Glasse’s The Art of Housekeeping Made Plain and Easy (1756):

Pare and stone twelve ripe apricots, and scald them, beat them fine in a mortar, add to them six ounces of double refined sugar, and a pint of scalding cream, and work it through a sieve; put it in a tin with a close cover, and set it in a tub of ice broke small, with four handfuls of salt mixed among the ice. When you see your cream grows thick round the edges of your tin, stir it well and put it in again till it is quite thick; when the cream is all froze up, take it out of the tin, and put it into the mould you intend to turn it out of; put on the lid and have another tub of salt and ice ready as before; put the mould in the middle, and lay the ice under and over it; let it stand for four hours, and never turn it out till the moment you want it, then dip the mould in cold spring water, and turn it into a plate. You may do any sort of fruit the same way.

Another delicious morsel you might have missed was Jonathan Yardley’s article in the Washington Post, Pride. Prejudice. Perfection, one in a series of rereading favorite books. His article is a lovely tribute to his mother, a lifelong admirer of Austen, who, like Mr. Bennett, with a book in her hand was “regardless of time.”

Oh, wait. Summer. A great time for reading and re-reading, for eating delicious seasonal foods (peaches, anyone?). I have finally read Naomi Novik’s latest, such a sad book, but with some phenomenal battle scenes, and writing (although not nearly enough) and not getting nearly enough ice cream.

What have you been doing?

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Judy
13 years ago

Oh my goodness, Janet, that sounds so yummy! Some things don’t change much. The recipe is so similar to those in one of my cookbooks. I’ve only been doing a bit of light reading but enjoying some home alone time. Blueberries are “cheap” so it’s fresh blueberry muffins. I also ran out of my favorite biscotti, with no shopping trip scheduled, so I found a recipe I like even better. Then there’s been learning the new computer, and hoping once we’ve settled I’ll be able to work in more writing time.

Janet Mullany
13 years ago

I’ve never had much luck making biscotti, Judy, but yum on the blueberries!

Judy
13 years ago

Janet, it all depends on the recipe, and I freely admit I’m no aficionado, but for what I’m accustomed to Pampered Chef’s is the closest I’ve tried.

Jane George
13 years ago

Am now craving homemade apricot ice cream. Hmmm, the son has an ice cream maker and hasn’t yet left for college. I might be in luck!

Diane Gaston
13 years ago

The ice cream sounds heavenly!!!!

I also enjoyed the Post article. Not so much the eels (
g)

Carolyn
13 years ago

That just sounds so completely delicious. I think I’ll try to adapt that recipe.

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