Monday, November 18, 2013

Bomboons, anyone?

Image from wikipedia

Being mildly obsessed with all things Georgian/Regency at present (I should never read Jane Austen), while also planning for once to stick by my plan of a homemade Christmas, I have discovered The Complete Confectioner, written by Hannah Glass and Maria Wilson in about 1800. I believe that Mrs Glass was something of a celebrity chef in her day. Yesterday I tried Orange Bomboons. Essentially, they are sugar and orange zest melted together in a heavy saucepan, left to cool and then cut into whatever shape you like. I am not thrilled with the result but my tasting team here (the DH, Mum and Dad) have pronounced them to be very good. Perhaps they are just being nice to me! Anyway, if you care to take a look - http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Complete_Confectioner_%281800%29

The wonderful Supersizers team (Giles Coren and Sue Perkins) also went Regency...(and by the way if you are not strong of stomach, do not watch the segment with the cheese)...



8 comments:

librarygirl said...

I sent an email to sbs last week begging them to put Supersizers on again over summer!

Feronia said...

I hope they do! *Love* those two :)

Max said...

i love floury, chewy bon bons, but ive never heard of bonbooms! i would love to have a bash at making sugared violets, i love the smell of them and have heaps in the garden. one of these days i shall!

Feronia said...

Yes! Sugared violets would be lovely. I remember my mum made sugared grapes once...and I'm still talking about them :)

Sefarina said...

Wow , I want to try making those myself, just to find out what they taste like. ^^

Feronia said...

They're sugary but the orange peel kind of breaks that down a bit :) Let me know what you think!

trishie said...

So curious about the taste of the bomboons now!

Feronia said...

Give them a try, Trishie. They are so simple :)