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until quite thick; strain it and allow it to cool enough to set it; then pour it over the fruit.
The juice could be colored by a few drops of liquid cochineal, or a few slices of beets, while boiling. A teaspoonf ul of brandy adds much to the flavor. Serve with cream or boiled custard.
TAKE ripe quinces, pare and quarter them, cut out the seeds; then stew them in clear water until a straw will pierce them ; put into a bak- ing dish with half a cupful of loaf sugar to every eight quinces ; pour over them the liquor in which they were boiled, cover closely and bake in the oven one hour ; then take out the quinces and put them into a covered dish ; return the syrup to the saucepan and boil twenty min- utes ; then pour over the quinces and set them away to cool.
STEW a quart of ripe gooseberries in just enough water to cover them; when soft, rub them through a colander to remove the skins and seeds ; while hot stir into them a tablespoonf ul of melted butter and a cupful of sugar. Beat the yolks of three eggs and add that ; whip all together until light. Fill a large glass fruit dish and spread on the top the beaten whites mixed with three tablespoonfuls of sugar. Apples or any tart fruit is nice made in this manner.
MERINGUES OR KISSES.
A COFFEECUPFUL of fine white sugar, the whites of six eggs ; whisk the whites of the eggs to a stiff froth and with a wooden spoon stir in quickly the pounded sugar; and have some boards put in the oven thick enough to prevent the bottom of the meringues from acquir- ing too much color. Cut some strips of paper about two inches wide ; place this paper on the board and drop a tablespoonf ul at a time of the mixture on the paper, taking care to let all the meringues be the same size. In dropping it from the spoon, give the mixture the form of an egg and keep the meringues about two inches apart from each other on the paper. Strew over them some sifted sugar and bake in a mod- erate oven for half an hour. As soon as they begip to color, remove them from the oven ; take each slip of paper by the two ends and turn it gently on the table and with a small spoon take out the soft part of