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Friday, December 30, 2016

OSO WITH A 13TH CENTURY SWEET WHITE SESAME MERINGUE COOKY RECIPE

honey

(he is unique - waiting for 500 years for his meringue cooky!)
Photo from: bocagehoney
bear. Pliny in Book VIII, Chapter XXXVI says: In Spain it is correctly thought that bear brains are noxious and accommodating for witchcraft; thus the heads of all dead bears are burned with the brains in them. It was thought that if the marrow was drunk it would transmit rabies from the bear.

Geronimo de Huerta relates ingenious and ferocious legends about bears filled with desires for revenge, its passion for women and its hate for men, why it likes honey and why it does not flee from beehives and its dream to reduce winter to 40 days. Further, he reflects that the bear and man are the only beings that eat meat, greens and fruits for their sweetness, tenderness and flavor. Putting the blood or fat of the bear in a glass under the bed attracts mosquitoes and they die.

Dissolving Honey in Boiling Water
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Aristotle said that he believed the bear’s vessels grow the whole time it is in its’ cave. It is said that bear blood makes abscesses grow and its fat is a remedy against baldness. Villena thought the meat was better salted than fresh. It is still cured in Leon.

[Laza. 2002:164-165; Trapiello. 1994:134; and Villena/Calero. 2002:31b]

A SESAME MERINQUE COOKIES ADAPTED FROM MARIN'S TRANSLATION OF IBN RASĪN'S FADLAT SECCIÓN 9. CH 2, 4. DULCE DE AJONJOLI BLANCO, p 283

Ingredients

1 lb  or 1 ⅓ c honey[1]
4 egg white[2]
1 c hulled and lightly toasted sesame seeds

Interestingly Unique Cookie
Toffee-like and Crunchy!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Preparation

Pour honey into a saucepan over low heat. Heat until liquified. Remove from heat stirring constantly until cool.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Pour them over cool honey. Fold the mixture together with a wooden spoon. Add sesame seeds and continue folding the mixture until blended. 

Preheat oven to 300º F/150ºC

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls on the cookie sheet.

Bake 25 mintutes until lightly browned. 


[1]  The original recipe calls for 1 ratl (arrelde in Spanish) which equals 4 lbs. See blog titled “arrelde” published November 15, 2011.  
[2]  The original recipe calls for 5 egg whites per 4 lbs of honey or 4 if the honey is white. 

MARIN'S TRANSLATION OF IBN RASĪN'S FADLAT 
SECCIÓN 9. CH 2, 4. DULCE DE AJONJOLI BLANCO, p 283


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