[Sca-cooks] Pancakes and Fruitcakes was Happy Shrove/Fat Tuesday

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Feb 24 15:31:06 PST 2009

Depends on just what you mean by fruitcake.  If you take a look at Joris 
Hoefnagel's A Wedding Fete at Bermondsey (1570s), you will see four large 
brides cakes being displayed.  These are large Banbury cakes filled with 
currants and spices and possibly other candied fruit.  A recipe for these 
from "The Queen's Closet Open'd" (1655) describes them as being scented with 
musk and ambergris.


> On the other topic, your discussion got me curious just how far back fruit 
> cake recipes go.  If I had to pick a country how about English?  any 
> online leads?
> Curious
> Gwen Cat

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