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Limon Cream Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

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To make Limon Cream

Take a quart of Cream, keep it stirring on the fire until it be blood warm, then take the Meat of three Limons sweetened well with Sugar, and a little Orange Flour water, sweeten them so well that they may not turn the Cream, then stir them into the Cream, on the fire with some yolks of Eggs, and serve it cold;

Limon Posset thickned with yolks of Eggs, makes a fine Cawdle for a sick body.

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