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custard, milk (Swiss condensed milk and water may be used), sugar, butter, ½ an oz. of Swinbourne's gelatine.

Method.—Coat a round cake tin with butter, line the side with strips of bread, previously soaked in sweetened milk, and shape a round to fit the bottom of the tin. Turn the damsons and their juice into a stewpan, simmer until soft, and remove the stones. Replace the fruit in the stewpan, sweeten to taste, add the gelatine, previously soaked in cold water, and stir until it is dissolved. Pour the preparation into the tin, cover with another round of soaked bread, and place the tin under pressure until cold. Serve with the custard poured over and round. The custard may be made of a packet of custard powder, 2 tablespoonfuls of Swiss condensed milk, and ¾ of a pint of water.

Time.—Altogether, about 4 or 5 hours. Average Cost, 1s. 6d. Sufficient for 6 persons.


Ingredients.—1 bottle of raspberries and currants, ½ a pint of water, stale bread, sugar. For the custard: 1 packet of custard powder, 2 tablespoonfuls of condensed milk, 1 pint of water.

Method.—Add ½ a pint of water to the fruit and juice, cook gently for 20 minutes, sweeten to taste and strain off the juice. Select a pie-dish large enough to contain three-fourths of the materials, line the bottom with a rather thin slice (or slices) of bread, and add a layer of fruit, cover with bread, repeat until all the fruit is used, and add the syrup, a little at a time, to avoid floating the bread. On the following day make the custard, pour it into the pie-dish, and serve when quite cold.

Time.—1 day. Average Cost, 1s. 6d. Sufficient for 6 or 7 persons.


Ingredients.—1 packet of strawberry pudding powder, 1 pint of milk (or 2 tablespoonfuls of Swiss milk and 1 pint of water), ½ an oz. of butter, sugar to taste.

Method.—Mix the powder smoothly with a little cold milk, boil the remainder of the milk, add the blended milk and powder, and stir until boiling. Add the butter, sweeten to taste, boil gently for about 5 minutes, then turn into a wetted mould, and put aside until cold.

Time.—To make the mould, about 20 minutes. Average Cost, 6d. Sufficient for 4 persons.