Weekend Cooking – Jane Austen Style

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This last week saw the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Over the course of the last few weeks I have spent some time reading about the Austen’s and the period of history in which Jane was alive and thinking of it in contrast to a branch of my own family.

During the course of the research I came across the blog of the Jane Austen museum in Hampshire. One of the treasures on display at the Museum is the Matha Lloyd’s Household book.

Martha was a close friend of Jane’s and Martha’s sister married Jane’s older brother James.  Contained within the household book is a series of recipes, household advise and formulas. Also included is this lovely recipe in verse.

A Receipt for a Pudding in Rhyme from Martha Lloyd's Household Book ©Jane Austen's House Museum Blog
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You can read a full transcription of the recipe HERE

Weekend Cooking is hosted by BethFishReads

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books, Stationary & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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15 Responses to Weekend Cooking – Jane Austen Style

  1. Fay says:

    Now, after reading the transcription, I want to hurry up and make a bread pudding.


  2. Carole says:

    Lovely post. Have a good week.


  3. Laurie C says:

    Great idea to share this for Weekend Cooking!


  4. jama says:

    I love reading old recipes — and this one is written in such beautiful handwriting. I was fortunate to have visited Jane's home in Hampshire once — fascinating!


  5. Rikki says:

    How original. I love it.


  6. Pierce says:

    That's wonderful. I love all old pieces of history like this. Thanks for sharing that!


  7. Heather says:

    love that recipe. now i want some bread pudding. the best I ever ate/made started with a loaf of cranberry orange bread that my father had bought for me. often I will use cinnamon raisin bread.


  8. Cecelia says:

    How interesting! It's taking food to an art form in another sort of way…

    Thanks for sharing!


  9. Beth F says:

    Oh how fun. I love it. I wonder (like one of the commenters on the original site said) if I could write recipes this way.


  10. Patty says:

    that is really an inspiring recipe!


  11. I was thinking of the Esther Bellasis story and the similarity to Mrs Bennett as Mrs King worried about her 9 daughters marrying well.


  12. What a delightful way to record a recipe. what was the connection to your family?


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