[Sca-cooks] Italian cake ?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Feb 24 04:40:48 PST 2012

Mentioned here in this blog and being created from a recipe credited  
to Jarrin from 1820.
Blog does mention the phrase "spongata was sent to the Duke Francesco  
Sforza of Milano in
> 1454."


There's a recipe in Carol Field's Celebrating Italy: the tastes and  
traditions of Italy as revealed through ...
   on page 270. That recipe calls for white wine. However, it's not  
mentioned in Riley's Oxford Companion to Italian Food.

What's the book? Does it reference a source? Footnotes? Bibliography?


On Feb 24, 2012, at 5:22 AM, otsisto wrote:

> I got a new Italian cookbook yesterday. There is a recipe for  
> Spongata, they
> call it a fruit cake but from the directions it's kind of a pie/ 
> tart. The
> intro to the recipe claims "There is an historical document which  
> attests to
> the fact that a spongata was sent to the Duke Francesco Sforza of  
> Milano in
> 1454."  The ingredients, other than the 2 Tbs. cognac for the  
> filling can be
> found in medieval time. Has anyone come across something call  
> Spongata in
> any of the Italian cookery books?
> There was a Italian cookery books website that I had saved for future
> perusal but it no longer exists.
> Any directions or help is appreciated,
> De

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