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Need a dessert, but only have a few basic ingredients? Here's a simple, but unusual dish. It's somewhat like hot jelly on toast, and the flavor is wonderful.

1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup honey
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
pinch salt
pinch pepper
2 slices toast
1 tsp. (approx.) fresh ginger

Peel fresh ginger and chop very finely. Set aside.

Put wine, honey, ground ginger, salt, and pepper into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer until bubbles start to stack - or until syrup is thick when cool. Spoon over toast and sprinkle with a little fresh ginger. Serve hot.

Source [Forme of Cury, S. Pegge (ed.)]: Tostee. XX.IIII. XIII. Take wyne and hony and found it togyder and skym it clene. and seeþ it long, do þerto powdour of gyngur. peper and salt, tost brede and lay the sew þerto. kerue pecys of gyngur and flour it þerwith and messe it forth.


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Published: September 2, 2006



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