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Large And Small Crisps

This is an excerpt from Le Viandier de Taillevent
(France, ca. 1380 - James Prescott, trans.)
The original source can be found at James Prescott's website

Large and small crisps. Cook the large crisps in some hot lard in a syrup pot or brass casserole. Make them from egg whites and fine flour beaten together. It should not be too thick. Have a deep wooden bowl, put some batter in the bowl, and shake the hand inside the pan above the hot lard [pouring batter into the lard]. Keep them from browning too much.

Cook the small crisps in an iron pan. Beat egg yolks and whites with some fine flour. It should be a little stiffer than the batter for large crisps. Have a little fire (as long as it is hot). Take your wooden bowl pierced at the bottom, and put some batter in it. When everything is ready, pour [a thread of batter from the hole in the bowl] and form it into the shape of a small buckle (or larger), with a kind of tongue of the same batter through the buckle. Let them cook in the lard until they are plump.


Other versions of this recipe:

CRYSPELS (Forme of Cury)

Cryspels (Fourme of Curye [Rylands MS 7])

CRYSPES (Forme of Cury)

Cryspes (Fourme of Curye [Rylands MS 7])

Cryspes (Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books)

Cryspe3 (Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books)


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