“Oh! it’s one of Debby’s jumbles!” she exclaimed. “Where? What are you doing? Give me one too!” cried Clover, starting up. Katy rummaged till she found another, then, half-frozen, she ran back to bed; and the two lay nibbling the jumbles, and talking about home, till dawn deepened into daylight, and morning was fairly come.
Each box held a different kind of cake. One was of jumbles, another of ginger-snaps, a third of crullers, and the fourth contained a big square loaf of frosted plum-cake, with a circle of sugar almonds set in the frosting. How the trio exclaimed at this! “I never imagined any thing so nice,” declared Rose, with her mouth full of jumble.
Reading the chapter in Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did At School, where the girls’ Christmas boxes, all excepting Katy and Clover’s, are prevented from arriving in time for Christmas by the heavy snow. We decided to attempt to bake some the infamous jumbles ourselves.
After trying out more than one recipe, we found a lovely recipe in the National Trust A Book of Historical Recipes by Sara Paston-Williams.
The biscuits were made in simple rings, using a plain biscuit dough recipe, with the addition of rose-water for flavouring and glazing. Caraway seeds may also be added, though we left them out, in this particular batch.