Using the same tools of the 19th century the ladies that run the officer's kitchen at Fort York put out a feast during special events. Today's RCMP's Musical Ride allowed the ladies to get puddings, tarts, biscuits and dinner rolls ready for the public.
When Fort York was a working military establishment only the officers would be getting a fancy meal every night. They were only given the one meal each day and had to pay for it once a month. That meal included three courses, a first heavy meal, a second lighter fare and a third course that included puddings and biscuits.
The puddings of yesterday look nothing like what we call pudding today. Yesterday's puddings were often custard or fruit pies. The term "pie" was reserved for meat dishes in the early 1800's. Using only recipes from the period the ladies produce realistic eats of the era.
One difference between today's recipes and those of yesteryear are the directions. In the 1800's authors of cookbooks expected their users to know the basics, there were no diagrams on how to boil water-just the basics and the ingredients were included.
One favorite of the time was called Black Tops. Apples were sliced and cored adding a bit of lemon juice and sugar to the top and then baked. The result was a simple tasty treat that is as good today as it was then.