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182 If You Would Make A White Aspic


This is an excerpt from Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin
(Germany, 16th century - V. Armstrong, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

182 If you would make a white aspic. Then take almonds and soak them overnight with spring water, then they become white. In the morning remove them and let them be pounded or grated as finely as possible. Afterwards take the spring water and four oxen feet and put them in a pot. Let them cook well, but the feet should be washed well beforehand. Let them simmer slowly like a soup, so that the broth does not become too cloudy. You can also put some isinglass into it. When it has cooked in this way, so that you believe that the water has boiled and thickened enough, then strain it through a cloth bag, pass the almonds through with it, as much as you would like to make. Afterwards take it and put it into a brass pan and let it boil as long as a soft-boiled egg. Put abundant sugar into it and some good rose water. Then let the same broth run through a wool sack up to three times, or as long as it takes to become clear. Afterwards pour it into a bowl, reserve a little of the broth, so that you can pour it over whenever you would like. In this manner let it become firm in the bowl. After that cut out what you will and pour yellow, black and brown into it, as you will, then it is a pretty aspic. Afterwards you can pour the reserved broth over it again.

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