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Limon Cakes Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

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To make Limon Cakes


Take half a pound of refin'd sugar, put to it two spoonfuls of Rosewater, as much Orange Flour water, and as much of fair water, boil it to a Candy height, then put in the Rind of a Limon grated, and a little Juice, stir it well on the fire, and drop it on Plates or sleeked Paper.

Limon Cakes Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe
The above Old dessert recipe for Limon Cakes 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

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