Mrs Beeton Compote of Oranges
This is an
original Mrs. Beeton recipe taken from her famous book,
Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Both the quantities and text
have been reproduced as originally published, with the exception of a
little reformatting of the ingredient list to make it easier to follow.
1oz = 25g
1lb = 450g
1 gill =
1 teacup =
1 pint =
1 quart =
1 pint of syrup No. 1512,
Mode.—Peel the oranges, remove as much of the white pith as possible, and divide
them into small pieces without breaking the thin skin with which they are
surrounded. Make the syrup by recipe No. 1512, adding the rind of the orange cut
into thin narrow strips. When the syrup has been well skimmed, and is quite
clear, put in the pieces of orange, and simmer them for 5 minutes. Take them out
carefully with a spoon without breaking them, and arrange them on a glass dish.
Reduce the syrup by boiling it quickly until thick; let it cool a little, pour
it over the oranges, and, when cold, they will be ready for table.
Time.—10 minutes to boil the syrup; 5 minutes to simmer the oranges; 5
minutes to reduce the syrup.
Average cost, 9d.
Sufficient for 5 or 6 persons.
Seasonable from November to May.
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