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Stepony Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe

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To make Raisin Wine or Stepony
Take four Gallons of Spring-water, four pounds of Raisins of the Sun stoned, the juice of four good Limons, and the Rind of two cut thin, boil the Raisins, and Pill in the Water for half an hour or more, then put in the juice of Limon, and a little Spice, Sugar and Rosewater, and let it stand but a little more over the fire; then put it into an earthen pot, and beat it together till it be cold,

then bottle it up, it will keep but a few days (Memorandum, Two pounds of Sugar to one pound of Cowslips is enough for Conserve).

Stepony Old Elizabethan Dessert Recipe
The above Old dessert recipe for Stepony 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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