Monday, May 14, 2018

Other Black eyed Susan recipes for the Preakness

The Preakness Stakes, "second leg" of horse racing's Triple Crown, features Maryland's state flower as the winner's horse blanket and a drink (though not as famous as the Kentucky Derby's Mint Julep).  An 1827 pudding from Domestic Economy and Cookery... receipts for sea-faring men... was probably named for a 1720 poem and later song about a sailor's goodbye.

Below are also recipes for an ice cream sundae from 1912 to a citrus salad, 1929.

The Kentucky Derby recipes (Mint Julep, Benedictines, Bourbon Balls) HERE, and Brown eyed Susan cake HERE

Black-eyed Susan pudding
Boil some lemon-zest in a quart of cream or milk, and pour it over a sufficient quantity of stale crum; let it cool, and beat it up with two ounces of batter; add a handful of plumped currants, and as much minced citron and almonds; beat up four eggs, mix and sweeten it; put it into a bordered dish, or pour over it a nice light custard; strew it with currants: when it is baked, sift sugar over it, or tie it loosely, and boil it in a cloth, and pour a caudle sauce over it; strew it with rasped citron and sugar.
Domestic Economy, and Cookery: For Rich and Poor: containing an account of the best English, Scotch, French, oriental and other foreign dishes, preparations of broths and milks for consumption, receipts for sea-faring men, travellers, and children's Lady [Maria Eliza Rundell]. London: 1827

"Sweet William’s farewell to black-eyed Susan" by John Gay (1685-1732) was published in 1720, then made into a popular song.  The first stanza of the long poem:

All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd,
The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-ey'd Susan came aboard.
Oh! where shall I my true love find!
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William sails among the crew.

Black-Eyed Susan sundae
The lower part of a sundae glass is filled with chocolate ice-cream, and the upper part with vanilla. The top is then decorated with a blackeyed Susan, having unblanched almonds for petals and a small chocolate cream for the center.
Two Hundred Recipes for Making Desserts: Including French Pastries.  Olive M. Hulse. Chicago: 1912

Black eyed Susan salad  
Arrange unbroken whole or half sections of orange or grapefruit pulp like petals, on individual salad plates. Fill centers with chopped dates and walnuts. Serve with French Dressing, page 276.
The Settlement Cook Book. Milwaukee: 1929

Image from The Garden: An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches, edited by William Robinson. London, 1895
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