- Well I thought that I would actually try to come to tonights
meeting....although I have to leave early to go to Aneleda's house
at 7:00. And in the spirit of the evening I thought I would also
make my first attempt at something medieval-ish to share......I
decided to try to make gingerbread!
Firstly, medieval gingerbread is not the cake like version we all
think of. It is basically honey, bread crumbs, ginger, cinnamon,
white pepper and saffron, and if you like, some red food coloring,
to take the place of the sandalwood that they would have used back
Secondly, no where in the redaction online did I see it say that you
should use fresh bread crumbs, so I went the cheap and easy way and
bought dry bread crumbs.
The first funny thing that happened was when I tried to use the top
of a heart shaped cake pan to mold my gingerbread. I pressed a bunch
of the resulting glop on to the top of the cake pan, then I planned
on flipping it over so that the lovely crisscross design could be
seen on the top of the confection. So I put a cookie sheet on top of
the gingerbread and turned the whole thing over, cookie sheet,
gingerbread and cake pan, so that the cake pan was on top. But, lo
and behold, honey is very sticky stuff!!! So the cake pan wouldn't
come off the top of the gingerbread and I seemed to have a
gingerbread sandwiched between a cookie sheet and a cake
pan....hmmmmm...what to do? So I thought that perhaps if I filled
the now upright cake pan with some hot water from the tea kettle it
would soften the gingerbread enough to allow me to lift the cake pan
off the top. I actually ended up taking the cake pan off the top
when the cake pan was cool rather than warm. So okay, that was fine.
But now looking at the pretty heart shaped mass on the cookie sheet,
I couldn't help but notice that the whole thing looked like RAW
HAMBURGER!!! The red food coloring was a perfect color for raw meat,
and the dry bread crumbs didn't absorb into the honey very well and
looked like the white pieces of fat in hamburger......YUCK! What a
sight! Good thing I didn't try to serve that at the Hunt! :) So I
ended up covering the entire thing with powdered sugar and cinnamon
(probably not period at all!) Although it has the most wonderful
taste - just like Ginger snaps!
I have it with me, and I dare everyone there tonight to try it!
In Service to the Shire and apparently serving raw hamburger ~
- Hey! I think I have just come up with a good and somewhat evil trick to
play on Halloween! Make some more of this raw hamburger looking stuff
and make the kids at the halloween party try it! What do you all