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Making A Cake

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

Making a cake. Grab a few spoons of wheat flour, then some eggs, a walnut-sized butter, a few spoons of water from boiling lamb, knead dough from this. Put a walnut-sized butter into a pan, then five egg yolks, mix it with milk in a pan, like a wheat flour, fry it on the fire; while frying, whip it well, it should be dense. Once done, pour it onto a plate, whip two egg yolks into it, add saffron and sugar, crush it with a spoon. Once the dough is ready, it will look like marzipan; grab a piece of wood used for making things round, flatten it a bit and cut holes into it, put paper onto the holes, put it onto the dough, clean the furnace and bake it, the cake's size shall grow; put it onto a plate once baked, add bread roll pieces dipped into wine and jam.


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