Make a rich, brittle crust, with which cover your patty-pans, smoothing off the edges nicely and bake well. While these “shells” are cooling, take one teacupful (more or less according to the number of tarts you want) of perfectly sweet and fresh cream, skimmed free of milk; put this into a large bowl or other deep dish, and with your egg-beater whip it to a thick, stiff froth; add a heaping tablespoonful of fine white sugar, with a teaspoonful (a small one) of lemon or vanilla. Fill the cold shells with this and set in a cool place till tea is ready.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)