Usually I bring home victorian era recipes. Not this time. We’re going back to the 18th century for this one, and probably a little older. I’m not really sure on the true age of this particular recipe but I do know that it is good.
It’s called a ‘Pupton of Apples.’ Now, what’s a pupton? I have no idea and I did do some searching and even the presenters at the house I worked in who have been there and are in charge, don’t really know. It’s a mystery but I have found a great blog entry about the pupton to share and it does mention the Hannah Glass book that this one was taken from, so it’s a great resource if you’re interested.
Basically how it goes is this: You chop up at least 3 cups of apples (more if you’re an apple fiend like me) and fry them up with a cup and a half of sugar and only two tablespoons of water. Trust me, that’s all you need to make a marmalade with your goodies. Toss in as much cinnamon as you like and viola, something you can just gobble up with a spoon if you’re so inclined. I almost did.
Next you take about two cups of bread crumbs. I didn’t have any ‘modern’ ones who I toasted some bread and crumbled. Homemade bread that’s been baked a bit in the oven tastes the best but no matter how you do it, it still works. One to two eggs; I found that doing it either didn’t change it much taste and consistency-wise. Then there’s a 1/4 lbs butter or one stick of butter, however you want to think of it. Mix that all together and then add in your marmalade. It’s a thick heavy mix but if it isn’t ‘mold-able’ add in some flour to help it out.
But it in a bake dish at about 325-350 and bake. Mine took about 30-40 minutes but I’m always checking it since this comes from a time when bake kettles are in fashion and you’re using coals. What you end up with is a lovely, ‘rustic’ looking cake that tastes delicious fresh from the oven with a bit of ice cream. If it was fall, oh man, I’d be making this weekly.
On a side note: dried apples work just as well, just remember that they soak up the water when frying them and you may have to add a bit more. You end up with a more ‘candied’ mix than marmalade but just as tasty.