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Monday, May 20, 2013

COMIDA, VIANDA WITH 15TH CENTURY HALF COOKED APPLE RECIPE


Food in Kind Given in Payment to the Lord
Photo by: Lord-Williams
meal, food item. In the Middle Ages, vassals were the chief suppliers of food items for the lords’ meals as they paid their tithes in kind.

HALF COOKED APPLES IN ALMOND MILK ADAPTED FROM VILLENA’S MIRRAUSTE DE MANZANAS, VILLENA/CALERO. 2002, p. 110

Ingredients

4 apples[1]
juice from 1 lemon
½ c toasted almonds
1 slice of bread
½  tsp ground cinnamon
¼ c  sugar

Garnish:
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation

A perfect dish for Apple Lovers
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Choose sweet apples. Peel them and cut them in fourths. Remove the cores and seeds. Boil water, add lemon juice and when boiling add the apples. When almost soft, strain the apples, saving the broth. When the apples are cool cut into chunks.

Take toasted almonds and mash them in a mortar. Add 2 c broth from the apples. Add a slice of bread soaked in 1/3-1/2 c broth from the apples. Mash this in a mortar and then strain it through a woolen cloth. Season the liquid with cinnamon and sugar. Place this in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  When boiling, remove it from the heat. Add the apples. After coating them with the sauce, place the mixture in bowls and garnish with sugar and cinnamon.



[1] This and the other ingredients for this dish, except cinnamon which was imported, are examples of foods paid in kind by vassals to the lord.

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