To This Great Stage of Fools: Born December 16th

Posted by Sherry on 12/16/2005 in --December, Birthdays, Celebrations, General |

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 allspice well ground. Cook over low fire for about hour, stirring until mixture thickens and turns a rich brown. Pour the butter into 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.

Jane Austen’s Christmas by Maria Hubert, published by Sutton Publishing 1996.

Jane Austen herself was born on December 16, 1775. I’m celebrating with a re-reading of Pride and Prejudice. What’s your favorite Austen novel?


  • I really love “Emma” but it’s the only one I’ve finished so far so I can’t really tell my favorite.

  • Kate says:

    Emma is my favorite too, though P&P is a very close second. I also love the Juvenilia, which I highly recommend to anyone who’s looking for a good giggle.

  • Beth says:

    My favorite is P&P too, but my second favorite is Persuasion.

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