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Gammon Pie Old Elizabethan
Recipe

  • Ingredients for Gammon Pie - an Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Cooking method for Gammon Pie
  • Gammon Pie  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Have fun reading this Gammon Pie old recipe
  • What food people ate during the Renaissance era

Picture of Hannah Woolley Recipe Book

Gammon Pie Old Elizabethan Recipe

 

To make a Pie of a Gammon of Bacon
Take a Westphalia Gammon, and boil it tender with hay in the Kettle, then take off the Skin and stick it with Cloves and strew it with Pepper, then make your Pie ready, and put it therein with Butter at the bottom, then cover your Bacon with Oysters, parboiled in Wine and their own Liquor, and put in Balls made of Sausage meat, then put in the Liquor of the parboiled Oysters, some whole Spice and Bay Leaves, with some Butter, so close it, and bake it and eat it cold, you may put into it the yolks of hard Eggs if you please, serve it with Mustard Sugar and Bay Leaves

 
 
 

Gammon Pie Old Elizabethan Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from for Gammon Pie is written in totally different way to today's recipe books.

  • There were no lists of ingredients - these were included as part of the text
  • Food and ingredient measurements were extremely basic - quantities were not often specified.
  • Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified.
  • Cooking times were vague - and left to the cook to decide.
  • It was assumed that the reader would already have some knowledge of cooking
 

    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.
    • Most Elizabethan women were unable to read.
    • The idea of a Recipe Book was an entirely new concept
    • The first Recipe Books to be printed in England which included many old Elizabethan 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 Hyswife's Jewell'
      • 1610 'Mrs. Sarah Longe her Receipt Booke'

     

    Gammon Pie Old Elizabethan Recipe

    The above Old recipe is taken from the book by Hannah Woolley (1622-1675) printed at the White Lion in Duck-Lane, near West-Smithfield, London in 1672 entitled:

    The Queen-like Closet
    OR
    RICH CABINET
    Scored with all manner of
    RARE RECEIPTS
    FOR
    Preserving, Candying and Cookery

     

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    Gammon Pie Old Elizabethan Recipe

    • Ingredients for Gammon Pie - an Old Elizabethan Recipe
    • Cooking method for Gammon Pie
    • Free Gammon Pie  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
    • Have fun reading this Gammon Pie old recipe
    • What food people ate during the Renaissance era
    • The cooking instructions used
    • The different types of food used in old recipes
     
     

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