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18th Century Vegetarian Desserts Are Simple and Delicious

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Try these simple 18th century recipes for a couple of tasty vegetarian desserts. With few ingredients, they are exceedingly simple and easy to prepare.

Digging back into the archives, John Townsend is again presenting a couple of late 18th century vegetarian desserts sure to please your palate.

Vegetarian cookbooks were a hard-to-find item in the 18th century. Books such as The Pythagorian Diet of Vegetables Only challenged conventions, but vegetarianism was largely unknown as a regular diet 200+ years ago.

These two recipes come from the Primitive Cooking cookbook. The first is for a dish colorfully titled the Carolina Snowball.

Ingredients (per serving):

  • Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered
  • 1/2 cup medium grain, sticky rice
  • Zest from one lemon
  1. Place a cotton cloth into a bowl and pour the rice into the cloth.
  2. Place the lemon zest into the core of the apple and form the apple quarters to hold the apple shape.
  3. Tie the cloth so that the rice and apple form a ball. Manipulate the ball with your hands so that the rice encircles the apple.
  4. Place the balled apple/rice packet into a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Carefully remove the cloth from the ball. Drizzle with simple syrup of equal parts butter and sugar.

The second recipe is even easier. It’s for a simple rice pudding.

Ingredients (per serving):

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
  1. Place a cotton cloth into a bowl. Pour the rice and raisins/currants into the cloth and mix well.
  2. Tie the cloth into a packet and place in already boiling water.
  3. Cook for approximately 2 hours.
  4. Carefully remove the cloth from the ball. Drizzle with simple syrup of equal parts butter and sugar.

That’s it. You can’t get much easier than that.

We made the Carolina Snowball and found it quite tasty and very filling. It is an excellent dessert and makes for an interesting presentation.

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18th Century Vegetarian Desserts Are Simple and Delicious