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Marmalade of Cherries with Currans Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

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To make Marmalade of Cherries with Currans
Take four pounds of Cherries when they are stoned, and boil them alone in their Liquor for half an hour very fast, then pour away the Liquor from them, and put to them half a Pint and little more of the juice of Currans, then boil a pound of double refin'd Sugar to a Candy height, and put your Cherries and Juice of Currans in that, and boil them again very fast till you find it to jelly very well

Marmalade of Cherries with Currans Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe
The above Old dessert recipe for Marmalade of Cherries with Currans is written in totally different way to today's recipe books.

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  • Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified.
  • Cooking times were vague - and left to the cook to decide.
  • It was assumed that the reader would already have some knowledge of cooking

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