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Holiday Cooking

Our new treasurer, Cassandra Bates, enjoys Regency cooking.  Here is her blog post about black butter:

Shortly after Christmas, Jane Austen wrote her sister, Cassandra, about an evening party at her brother’s house in Southampton:

“The last hour, spent in yawning and shivering in a wide circle round the fire, was dull enough, but the tray had admirable success. The widgeon and the preserved ginger were as delicious as one could wish. But as to our black butter, do not decoy anybody to Southampton by such a lure, for it is all gone. The first pot was opened when Frank and Mary were here and proved not at all what it ought to be; it was neither solid nor entirely sweet, and on seeing it Eliza remembered that Miss Austen had said she did not think it had been boiled enough. It was made, you know, when we were absent. Such being the event of the first pot, I would not save the second, and we therefore ate it in unpretending privacy; and though not what it ought to be, part of it was very good.“ Jane Austen to Cassandra, December 27, 1808

The Black butter that Jane Austen referenced in her letter to Cassandra is not what one might think (a sauce of blackened butter), but rather a thick, dark conserve of fruit, often apples (much like American Apple Butter). The other is a French style “beurre noir” and is a sauce of brown butter (if it goes black it is ruined, why the name, who knows, French Culinary).

Below is a rather traditional Black Butter similar to the one in Jane Austen’s letter:

Take 4 pounds of full ripe apples, and peel and core them. Meanwhile put into a pan 2 pints of sweet cider, and boil until it reduces by half. Put the apples, chopped small, to the cider. Cook slowly stirring frequently, until the fruit is tender, as you can crush beneath the back of a spoon. Then work the apple through a sieve and return to the pan adding 1lb beaten (granulated) sugar and spices as following, 1 teaspoon clove well ground, 2 teaspoons cinnamon well ground, 1 saltspoon (about ¼ tsp) allspice well ground. Cook over low fire for about ¾ hour, stirring until mixture thickens and turns a rich brown. Pour the butter into small clean jars, and cover with clarified butter when cold. Seal and keep for three months before using. By this time the butter will have turned almost black and have a most delicious flavour. –  Maria Hubert von Staufer March 1995

 

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Last Day to Enter Our Giveaway

Our Spring Jane Austen Giveaway ends tonight at 8pm! We are offering some extra ways to enter so keep an eye on our social media (you can find those on our Contact Page) and check out our upcoming event, the Jane Austen Spring “Great House” Tea (buy a ticket right HERE, if you don’t want to wait!) The winner of this giveaway does receive a ticket (if able to attend).

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Enter to Win Our Spring Jane Austen Giveaway!

We at JASNA EWANID are so very pleased to note we have reached 100+ followers on Facebook, Twitter, AND Instagram!! Thank you for joining us!! To celebrate these milestones, we have decided to host a Jane Austen-inspired spring giveaway! The giveaway will run from 11am on Saturday, 7 April 2018, to 8pm on Monday, 16 April 2018.
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Come Vote In “Jane Austen Madness”

Welcome to “Jane Austen Madness,” our take on the “March Madness” basketball craze which takes over the internet every March here in the USA.

Last week we randomly paired up 64 of Jane Austen’s characters and began voting. You can use this link to fill out a bracket, picking your favorite character in each pairing until you reach a favorite champion, ever 5 minutes until 2 April 2018. Click on a pairing if you can’t remember who someone is. On 2 April, we will announce who was voted our favorite character of this year’s “Jane Austen Madness!”

Please feel free to share the link and invite your fellow Janeites from near and far to participate. The more the merrier!

If you have questions about specific characters or how to fill out the bracket, please comment below or send us a message! We will post reminders to vote every so often.

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