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Portugal Eggs Old Elizabethan
Dessert Recipe

  • Ingredients for Portugal Eggs - an Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe
  • Cooking method for Portugal Eggs
  • Free Portugal Eggs  - Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

Picture of Hannah Woolley Recipe Book

Portugal Eggs Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

 

Portugal Eggs
Take a very large Dish with a broad brim, lay in it some Naples Bisket in the Form of a Star, then put so much Sack into the Dish as you do think the Biskets will drink up; then stick them full with thin little pieces of preserved Orange, and green Citron Pill, and strew store of French Comfits over them, of divers colours, then butter some Eggs, and lay them here and there upon the Biskets, then fill up the hollow places in the Dish, with several coloured Jellies, and round about the Brim thereof lay Lawrel Leaves guilded with Leaf-Gold; lay them flaunting, and between the Leaves several coloured Jellies

 
 
 

Portugal Eggs Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe
The above Old dessert recipe for Portugal Eggs 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'

     

    Portugal Eggs 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 and entitled:

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

     

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    Portugal Eggs Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

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

     
     

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