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almond Cake

This is an excerpt from The Prince of Transylvania's Court Cookbook
(Hungary, 16th c.)
The original source can be found at

Almond cake. You will need half a pound of crushed almonds and whip one or five eggs; add sour cream, rose water, sugar and some bread crumbs. Make a pot for it. Once the pot is solid, put the almond dough into it, bake it with great heat; once nearly baked, add a bit of rose water. Add lots of sugar, then make some sauce from egg whites, sugar and rose water, paste it with this mixture. Heat it, and it will grow and shine like marzipan. Make a lid, for this you will need dough from egg yolks, sugar and rose water, flatten it to make it thin, put this lid on it, heat it again, once the lid is baked, the cake should be white.


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