Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to Make Frumente with Candies

From Liber Cure Cocorum, c.1430 English manuscript written in verse:

Take wete and pyke hit fayre [and clene]
And do hit in a morter shene;
Bray hit a lytelle, with water hit spryng
Tyl hit hulle, with-oute lesyng.
Þen wyndo hit wele, nede þou mot;
Wasshe hit fayre, put hit in pot;
Boyle hit tylle hit brest, þen
Let hit doun, as I þe kenne.
Take know mylke, and play hit up
To hit be thykkerede to sup.
Lye hit up with 3olkes of eyren,
And kepe hit wele, lest hit berne.
Coloure hit with safron and salt hit wele,
And servyd hit forthe, Syr, at þe mele;
With sugur candy, þou may hit dowce,
If hit be served in grete lordys howce.
Take black sugur for mener menne;
Be ware þer with, for hit wylle brerne.

My Redaction:

1/4 C water
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C molasses

Simmer down slowly until it holds its shape when dropped on parchment paper (do not use wax paper). Remove from heat and drop thumbprint-sized blobs on paper. Set aside to cool.

1 1/2 C bulgur wheat
3 1/2 C almond milk
1 tsp salt or to taste
pinch saffron
2 egg yolks

Simmer all but egg until incorporated, remove from heat, mix in egg, serve sprinkled with brown sugar candies.

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