[Sca-cooks] Biersuppen

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 30 06:33:09 PST 2007

On Jan 30, 2007, at 9:24 AM, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise wrote:

>> The modern "cook's eye" would probably be looking for this to be a
>> smooth, fairly thin, buttery version of zabaglione. Sweet, either by
>> using a sweet beer or adding sugar, yellow, probably from saffron,
>> but depending on how much egg yolk is used and the type of beer, it
>> might be well on its way already.
> Hm... from my modern Polish-American perspective, I would be  
> looking for
> something along the lines of, well, beer soup. Beer soup is  
> apparently a
> rather standard preparation, like a cream soup-- beer and broth,
> thickened with flour and/or eggs. Usually a wheat beer or other  
> lighter
> beer is used. The result is definitely of a cream or very light cheese
> soup.

Well, yes, I'm familiar with beer soups overall, but since this is  
sweetened and contains no flour (which is what I'm more familiar with  
in modern German cookery), I'm assuming this is not quite the beer  
soup you and I are familiar with, and the technique for thickening  
with eggs (as opposed to using them to make egg drops) is as I've  
described. And, since it contains no stock, the ingredients profile  
makes zabaglione a fairly reasonable frame of reference. I'm assuming  
it would be thinner, and taste like beer instead of wine, but I  
specified the former and the latter is pretty obvious.

Funny, since modernish French cookery refers to things being  
Allemande, which generally refers to things thickened with eggs, but  
I haven't seen a whole lot of that in the German cookery I've been  
exposed to.


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brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them  
eat cake!"
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"Confessions", 1782

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