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Ez (thevapidwench) | 287 comments Mod
12thC Gingerbread

"And the Lord said 'let there be cake': and there was cake."

This excised verse from Genesis may have been lost to us, but just because the bakers and cooks of the Middle Ages didn't have access to baking powder, that doesn't mean they couldn't bake the hell out of a cake.

Oatcakes, sweet seeded cakes, brydons (cakes served in a wine sauce), and waffles. All would have been made during feasts. Of course, if you were at the arse end of the Feudal system you'd be out of luck and crying into your disgusting pottage.

Honey, cloves and spices like ginger, mace, nutmeg, costly saffron, and fruit: these were all used to sweeten the cakes of the 12th century. If necessary bakers attempted to get a rise with egg yolks.

So, what kind of non-anachronistic smackerel can you make to munch upon whilst reading MofAoD? How about some gingerbread. The super easy vegetarian friendly recipe below makes enough to serve four.

Ingredients :

Four teaspoons of ginger.
One teaspoon of ground cloves (for added authenticity and arm day workout, grind them yourself in a pestle and mortar).
One teaspoon pepper. All the way from India! Isn't international trade wonderful?

Two cups/470ml of honey.
1lb/450g breadcrumbs (if you're really into self flagellation why not try approximating mediaeval breadcrumbs with a soda bread or rye?)

Heat the honey in a pan, and gently bring it to a boil. Do not set the honey on fire. Any scum at the top will boil off, but why not read up on the doctrine of the sanctity of dirt though, just in case. Look, don't worry. Everything is fiiiiiine.

Add everything else, - the crumbs, the spices, the whole shebang. Give it a stir. When all the ingredients are mixed, remove them from the heat.

Get out a baking tray. Pour the mixture on it.

Leave your gingerbread to cool.

When the gingerbread is completely cool cut it.

Dineth upon it, but not too much or Adelia will come along and bodyshame you.

message 2: by Ez, The God of Catan (new)

Ez (thevapidwench) | 287 comments Mod
Some more mediaeval recipes, via @Bluedaffodil.

Lozenges or Curd Cheese Pastries (Anglo Saxon / Medieval Recipe)
Serves 6

You will need:

225g (8oz) wholemeal or wholewheat shortcrust pastry
225g (8 oz) curd cheese
25g (1oz) very finely chopped stem or crystallized ginger or plump raisins
15g (1/2 oz) toasted and chopped pine nuts – nut warning!
Sugar to taste
Lemon juice to taste


Roll the pastry out very thinly and cut it into small rectangles, approximately 15x8 cm. You should have at least 24 rectangles.
Bake the pastry rectangles in a moderately hot oven (190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5) for ten minutes or until they are crisp and brown; let them cool on a rack
Meanwhile mix the curd cheese with the ginger or raisins and the pine nuts (leave out if there’s a nut allergy)
Add the sugar and lemon to the curd mixture to your taste
Serve by sandwiching together two pieces of pastry with the cheese mixture in the middle

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