Tudor Food Recipe
To make the best
To make a Pumpion (Pumpkin) Pye. Take about halfe a pound of
Pumpion and slice it, a handfull of Tyme, a little Rosemary,
Parsley and sweet Marjoram slipped off the stalks, and chop
them smal, then take Cinamon, Nutmeg, Pepper, and six
Cloves, and beat them; take ten Eggs and beat them; then mix
them, and beat them altogether, and put in as much Sugar as
you think fit, then fry them like a froiz; after it is fryed,
let it stand till it be cold, then fill your Pye, take
sliced Apples thinne round wayes, and lay a row of the Froiz,
and a layer of Apples with Currans betwixt the layer while
your Pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet butter
before you close it; when the Pye is baked, take six yolks
of Eggs, some white-wine or Verjuyce, & make a Caudle of
this, but not too thick; cut up the Lid and put it in, stir
them well together whilst the Eggs and Pumpions be not
perceived, and so serve it up.
Pumpkin Pie Tudor Food Recipe
The above Tudor recipe for Pumpkin Pie 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'
Pumpkin Pie 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
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
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