Recipe of the Week Oct 17th, 2013
- Our German sources provide recipes for several bread based dishes. These
variations on Mortar Cakes, with and without chicken, turn up in
Kochbuch aus dem Archiv des Deutschen Ordens is a late 15th century
cookbook found in East Prussia although it likely belongs to a central
or south German background.. English translation by Giano Balestriere.
Available on Stefan's Florilegium.
If you want to make a good mortar cake
Cut white bread into dice, break eggs into pieces and put the bread into
it. Cut nutmeg and mace into it and make it yellow (with saffron). Cut
fried chicken into it, though you may also use livers or stomachs or
feet. Place it on the embers, pour the filling into it, let it bake and
serve it forth.
If you want to make mortar cake
Grind white bread finely, beat eggs into it, make it yellow (with
saffron), season it well and cut nutmeg and mace into it. Put lard in a
mortar, put it in the embers and pour it in there. When it is baked, cut
it in slices.
The colris shows up in three versions in Das Buch von guter spise, a
literal translation of Daz buoch von guoter spise dated between 1345 and
1354, English Translation by Alia Atlas. My experiments with this
recipe have shown that the nature of the finished dish depends a great
deal on the character of the bread used. A sharp sourdough will give
you a flavor more like Mac and cheese where as a sweeter bread brings
more of a bread pudding vibe to the finished dish.
65. Ein cöl ris (A colris)
A colris baked. And make of eggs thin sheets and cut them
small and throw them in sweet milk. And take semmel bread. And cut that
diced therein. And mix with egg yolks. And boil it well. And add a fat
on top and do not oversalt.
66. Ein col ris (A colris)
But a colris. Take eggs and mix them with semmel meal. And
mix those thin cakes thrown in a milk. And well stirred until it boils.
And mix but with egg yolks and add a fat therein and give out
67. Aber ein col rys (But a colris)
But a colris. Take thin cakes baked of eggs. And cut them diced.
And cut as much Semmel thereto diced. And put in a milk. And take an
apple and cut it diced therein. And urge it well with egg yolks. And let
it boil well. And give it out.
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