[Sca-cooks] Period fancy butters?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Sep 16 10:41:48 PDT 2010

I decided to inventory the recipes as we have mentioned them.

German spiced butter
This recipe was mentioned but not spelled out, but here it is:

Tue, 25 Jan 2005 15:39:37 -0600
From: Robert Downie
Giano posted this translation of a German spiced butter recipe (I can't
remember on which list) some time ago

'Wolfenbüttel Manuscript' aka 'Mittelniederdeutsches Kochbuch', North
germany, mid-15th century (the book contains almost unchanged recipes  
both the Buoch von guoter Spicse and the Harpestreng tradition, so at  
parts of it go back considerably fartther. No medical content I can  
to the recipes.

59. Men schal nemen garophesneghele unde musschaten, cardemomen,
peper, ingever, alle lickwol gheweghen, unde make daraff botteren
edder kese.

You shall take cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and ginger, in equal
weight, and add butter or cheese.

And it's good, though I usually add salt (then again, unless 'May  
is specified, butter would have been salted, right?

Ciao, Giano
We have the honey butter references/discussion/argument/whatever and  
those articles are cited in the Florilegium files. see especially http://www.katjaorlova.com/MedFoodHoneyButter.html 
  My article on the topic can still be found here as a [PDF]
The Gauntlet Jan-Mar 2007 The Gauntlet. Page 9. January-March, 2008.  
Honey Butter and Butter Sculptures. THL Johnnae llyn Lewis

I am sure that the updated article in the latest version is sitting  
someplace in a file for Stefan to add to the Florilegium too.

Hugh Plat's suggestions from the Jewell House and Delights are  
mentioned in the Florilegium and can also be found in  the actual  
volumes, either the facsimiles or those in EEBO.
The just posted John Nott recipe is new and not included in the  
previous files.

I think that is everything we have mentioned in the past decade.

So the lady looking for the butter recipes can probably find what we  
know and acquire the butter recipes for herself by
1. reading the file in the Florilegium
2. doing a search under butter or spiced butter in the SCA Cooks files
3. doing a search under butter in the recipe search section of  

If she has access to EEBO, she can of course spend several weeks  
searching through the nearly 3000 butter references that pop up in  
English books when doing a full text keyword search on the term. The  
Biblical references alone fill pages.

Hope this helps


On Sep 16, 2010, at 1:01 AM, David Friedman wrote:

> I got a few suggestions when I put the question to the list some  
> time back, but I could still use more period recipes for flavored  
> butter if anyone has them.
On Aug 31, 2010, at 3:24 AM, David Friedman wrote:

> One of our local people is planning a feast, and wants period  
> recipes to substitute for her current list of not period ones. The  
> list includes bread with three different butters.
> Does anyone have period fancy butter recipes?

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