You must have a Slice of Brass to scrape away the Sugar from the sides
of the hanging Basin if need be.
Having all these things in readiness, do as followeth;
Take fine white Sugar beaten, and let your Seeds and Spice be dry, then
dry them again in your hanging Basin:
Take to every two pounds of Sugar one quarter of a pound of Spices or
Seeds, or such like.
If it be Aniseeds, two pounds of Sugar to half a pound of Aniseeds, will
Melt your Sugar in this manner, put in three Pounds of Sugar into the
Basin, and one Pint of Water, stir it well till it be wet, then melt it
very well and boil it very softly until it will stream from the Ladle
like Turpentine, and not drop, then let it seeth no more, but keep it
upon warm Embers, that it may run from the Ladle upon the seeds.
Move the Seeds in the hanging Basin so fast as you can or may, and with
one hand, cast on half a Ladle full at a time of the hot Sugar, and rub
the Seeds with your other hand a pretty while, for that will make them
take the Sugar the better, and dry them well after every Coat.
Do thus at every Coat, not only in moving the Basin, but also with
stirring of the Comfits with the one hand, and drying the same: in every
hour you may make three pounds of Comfits; as the Comfits do increase in
bigness, so you may take more Sugar in your Ladle to cast on:
But for plain Comfits, let your Sugar be of a light decoction last, and
of a high decoction first, and not too hot.
For crisp and ragged Comfits make your decoction so high, as that it may
run from the Ladle, and let it fall a foot high or more from the Ladle,
and the hotter you cast on your sugar, the more ragged will your Comfits
be; also the Comfits will not take so much of the sugar, as upon a
light decoction, and they will keep their raggedness long; this high
decoction must serve for eight or ten Coats, and put on at every time
but one Ladle full.
A quarter of a pound of Coriander seeds, and three pounds of sugar, will
serve for very great Comfits.
See that you keep your Sugar in the Basin always in good temper, that it
burn not in Lumps, and if at any time it be too high boiled, put in a
spoonful or two of water, and keep it warily with your Ladle, and let
your fire be always very clear, when your Comfits be made, set them in
Dishes upon Paper in the Sun or before the Fire, or in the Oven after
Bread is drawn, for the space of one hour or two, and that will make
them look very white.