Category: Baking

Salt crust dough

Some postejs call for a dough for the crust that isn’t really all that eatable – a salt dough that mostly serve to keep the meat moist. This isn’t extremely salt and it is eatable – unlike some of the other crusts that is just water and rye flour.

This is perfect for wrapping around game meat when baking it.

“Tag en Potte god Vin meere eller mindre/ som du vilt haffve meget til/ bryd 6 eller 7 Æg/ tag allenist Blommerne der/ rør oc tvære dem vel udi samme Vin/ at det bliffver smuckt jæffvet; Der efter krudde det med Ingefer/ Caneelpudder/ Sucker oc Safran/ oc lidet revoen Muskate/ sette det saa sactelig til Ilden rør der ofte om/ saa bliffver det som det bør at være; Der efter skiær Semmelbrød udi smaa Tærninger/ oc lad Suppen derpaa/ oc Strø Caneelpudder der ofver”
“En artig oc meget nyttig Kogebog…” by Anne Wecker 1616 (1598)

Pear & apple postej

A spicy pear & apple pie spiced with medieval spices and dotted with figs and raisins.

The recipe I based this on is from Forme of Cury from circa 1390:

For To Make Tartys In Applis. Tak gode Applys and gode Spycis and Figys and reysons and Perys and wan they are wel ybrayed colourd wyth Safroun wel and do yt in a cofyn and do yt forth to bake wel.1

Or in understandable readable english: “Take good apples and good spices, figs, raisins, and pears, and when they are well ground up, color with saffron, put it in a pie crust, and bake.”2

If you need a recipe for  Powder douce you can find it at medievalcookery.com.

Shortcrust (postej låg)

This is an unsweetened shortcrust that works very well for meat pies such as my game pie and my pork and chicken pie. You need the shortcrust as the lid of the pie and my piecrust recipe for the sides. You can also just use an oven proof dish and add a short crust lid to it. Can be frozen.

 

Pebernødder anno 1731

We have a recipe for the Danish Christmas cookie pebernødder from 1731. Here is both the original Danish recipe, my translation and an adapted printable version.

Pebernødder, 1731
“Tag et pund Pudder-Sucker, et pund fint Hvedemeel, fem Eg, et Lod Cardemomme, et lod Caneel og Muskatteblomme tilsammen, et half Lod Aniis, lidet Peber, tre Lod Suckat, to Lod Citronskaller og mæng alt dette tilsammen og bag det.”
– En Høy-Fornemme Madames Kaagebog, 1731

In English:

Take one pound (467,7g) of brown sugar, one pound of wheat flour, five eggs, a weight (14,6g) of cinnamon, a weight of mace, half a weight of anise, a bit of pepper, three weights of sugar, two weights of grated lemon zest and mix it all together and bake it.

Pebernødder (peppernuts)

A traditional Danish (and German) Christmas cookie that dates back at least to the renaissance. This is not the old recipe though but the modern one we tend to bake for Christmas in my family. This is a large portion, but you can make a smaller portion if you really want to.

Barley crackers

Crackers baked on a dry skillet or a hot stone next to the campfire. You can also bake them on a pizza stone but they might raise a little in the hot oven.