|Share delicious caraway-flavored treats and a very tasty, yet light punch |
from Franklin's table to yours.
|Statue of the socially active Franklin|
from the nation's Capitol.
Franklin sought colonial unity as early as 1756 when he joined other colonial leaders in Albany, New York. There he presented his plan for mutual military support. He proceeded his appeal publishing what is considered to be the first American political cartoon in his Pennsylvania Gazette, urging the colonies to join forces of risk death of self-rule. The delegates often met over a tasty cup of Arrack Punch--recipe below.
|Benjamin Franklin published this political cartoon|
urging the colonies to join for united security.
| Caraway seeds add an intriguing flavor good|
with wine or tea or even accompanying ice cream.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/16 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter
2 to 4 teaspoons aniseed
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet(s) or line with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Use a pastry cutter or two knives in a "crisscross" action to cut the butter into the flour mixture so that it looks like dry oatmeal. Stir in the aniseed and then the egg yolks. Gradually stir in the water until you have a firm dough that you can knead easily without crumbling. Break off balls of dough, about the size of golf balls; you should have about 18 balls. Roll them under your palms into 7-inch-long "pencils" and then form these into loose knots or coils. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light brown and firm to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes. These keep for days in a sealed container.
Makes about 18 Jumbles.
|The recipe for this tasty punch comes from Chapter 8 Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin|
--General Benjamin franklin Provisioning British Soldiers--Considering Colonial Unity
This light and refreshing punch was described in 1771. Pehr Osbeck, Olof, Toren, and Carl Gustave Ekeberg wrote in A Voyage to China and the East Indies "The punch which is made for the men in our ship, was heated with red hot iron balls which were thrown into it." Without the alcohol, this is a a very nice and light lemonade. With the Arrack van Oosten, the punch packs a bit of a kick.
4 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 thin-skinned lemons, referable organic
1 cup Batavia Arrack van Oosten or other East Indies sugarcane spirits
One day before you want to serve the punch combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Wash the lemons and slice into 1/8-inch-thick rounds, or thinner. Add the lemon slices to the sugar syrup and allow to steep overnight in a cool place.
When ready to serve: add the Arrack. Serve in punch cups to a dozen friends. If you wish to serve this warm, gently heat the base, remove from heat and add the Arrack.
Adapted from "Arrack Punch," Pehr Osbeck, Olof, Toren, and Carl Gustave Ekeberg, A Voyage to China and the East Indies, 1771.
Benjamin Franklin statue carved by Hiram Powers was installed in the Senate wing of the US Capitol in 1862
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