10 Recipes Inspired by Little Women
Regardless of whether you prefer the book or one of the film adaptations, you know that food plays an important role in Louisa May Alcott's
Blancmange is a classic pudding-like dessert that is typically made in a mold. In the book, it’s a treat that Meg makes for Laurie when he’s sick, as it’s said to be good for a sore throat.
Housekeeper Hannah was always looking out for the March girls, making turnovers for them to eat as they walked to school or work. The pastries doubled as hand-warmers—the girls even called them their “muffs.”
This healthful elixir was something akin to beef broth, consumed to soothe and nourish anyone feeling under the weather. Go one step further and learn how to make your own bone broth.
Buckwheat cakes are referred to multiple times throughout the book. The griddled cakes the Marches munched on were much more dense and hearty than the pancakes we expect at our local diner these days. You can skip the diner breakfast and make your own pancakes from scratch (buckwheat flour optional).
There are several references to gingerbread in the book, and the Marches and their friends surely enjoyed both the cake and cookie versions. They liked molasses candies, too.
In addition to old-fashioned chocolate drop candies, the ladies of Little Women occasionally treated themselves to bonbons (which sometimes included mottoes, that is, a joke or a piece of trivia). After all, good things often come in small packages.