Mrs Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book

I hope to read, browse, and enjoy many books while on this journey with cakes, and particularly books which show the development of ideas. So here goes!

Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book

Bateson, D and Janeway, W: Mrs Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book, Revived and Illustrated; Glitterati, New York, 2008

Emma Darwin (1808-96) was Charles Darwin’s cousin and managed a large Victorian household at Down House from 1842 until her death.

Emma Darwin, by George Richmond, 1840, commissioned by her father, Josiah Wedgwood II

Emma Darwin, by George Richmond, 1840, commissioned by her father, Josiah Wedgwood II

Down House

Down House

The recipes include a Chocolate Cream (a set chocolate pudding), and the only baking recipes are for Ginger Biscuits (flavoured with honey), Gingerbread (a sticky, very sweet cake), and Scotch Cake (a light fruit cake flavoured with brandy and orange juice).

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