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In the footsteps of the Unknown Ladies…

Some of our readers have been intrepidly trying out our Cookbook recipes at home.

Here are some fabulous pictures sent in by Catherine, who has been inspired to have a go at the recipes for chocolate cream and saffron cake.

We’re very impressed by the results!

Catherine's Georgian chocolate cream

Catherine’s Georgian chocolate cream

The chocolate cream was “rich and unctuous”, although it proved tricky to get a good froth on the top…

She also baked saffron cakes, reducing the quantity of saffron for “a lovely light cake with a delicate colour and flavour”:

Saffron cakes made, "as the woman at the Blew Peel does", by Catherine

Saffron cakes made, “as the woman at the Blew Peel does”, by Catherine

Here are her tips for making delicious Georgian saffron cakes:

The proportions I used were 1lb flour, 1tsp caraway seeds, 2oz sugar, 2 oz butter, ½ tsp saffron, 2 floz milk, 2 eggs, 5 tbs sourdough starter. Bake in two 7 inch round loose bottom cake tins (the Georgians used hoops) for 15m at 200 degrees C, cover with paper and bake for a further 15m at 180 degrees C.

We’d love to see more pictures of your cooking from the Cookbook of Unknown Ladies recipes.

Share your stories and photos by emailing us at archives@westminster.gov.uk, or post a comment on the blog.

Happy cooking!

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