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Mrs Beeton Ginger Apples


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. 

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1–1/2 oz. of whole ginger,

1/4 pint of whiskey,

3 lbs. of apples,

2 lbs. of white sugar,

the juice of 2 lemons.

Mode.—Bruise the ginger, put it into a small jar, pour over sufficient whiskey to cover it, and let it remain for 3 days; then cut the apples into thin slices, after paring and coring them; add the sugar and the lemon-juice, which should he strained; and simmer all together very gently until the apples are transparent, but not broken. Serve cold, and garnish the dish with slices of candied lemon-peel or preserved ginger.

Time.—3 days to soak the ginger; about 3/4 hour to simmer the apples very gently.
Average cost, 2s, 6d.
Sufficient for 3 dishes. Seasonable from July to March.


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