Tudor Food Recipe
To make the best
A Singular Receit for making a Cake. Take halfe a peck of
flower, two pound of Butter, mingle it with the flower,
three Nutmegs, & a little Mace, Cinamon, Ginger, halfe a
pound of Sugar, leave some out to strew on the top, mingle
these well with the flower and Butter, five pound of Currans
well washed, and pickt, and dryed in a warm Cloth, a wine
pint of Ale yeast, six Eggs, leave out the whites, a quart
of Cream boyled and almost cold againe: work it well
together and let it be very lith, lay it in a warm Cloth,
and let it lye half an hour against the fire. Then make it
up with the white of an Egg, a little Butter, Rosewater and
Sugar; Ice it over and put it into the Oven, and let it
stand one whole hour and a half.
Currant Cake Tudor Food Recipe
The above Tudor recipe for Currant Cake is written in totally different
fashion to modern recipe books!
There were no lists of ingredients in Tudor recipes - these were included as part of
- Ingredient measurements were extremely basic
during the Tudors era and quantities
were not often specified!
Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified - this
was left to the cook
Cooking times were also vague and left to the cook
It was assumed that the person reading the recipe would already have some knowledge of
The History of the Recipe Book
Some of the language might be referred to as 'Olde English'
The art of cooking and the recipe was passed verbally from one
generation to the next
The first printed book ever to be published in English was in 1474!
Many Tudor women were unable to read
The idea of a Recipe Book was an entirely new concept in the
renaissance period of the Tudors
The first Recipe Books to be printed in England which included many
old Tudor and Medieval recipes were called:
1545 - 'A Propre
new booke of Cokery'
1588 - 'The Good
Huswifes Handmaid for Cookerie in her kitchen'
1596 - 'The Good
1610 'Mrs. Sarah
Longe her Receipt Booke'
Currant Cake Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from the book entitled:
Expertly Prescribing The Most Ready Wayes, Whether Italian, Spanish Or
French, For Dressing Of Flesh And Fish, Ordering Of Sauces Or Making Of
Printed by E.B. for Nath. Brook , at the Angel in Cornhill , 1658
Currant Cake Recipe
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