We found out that Cambridge used to be home to one of the largest fairs in Europe, Stourbridge Fair on the River Cam, which is still celebrated to this day, albeit on a smaller scale nowadays. The food of the fair used to be Gingerbread, fashioned in intricate wooden moulds which moulded the biscuits into shapes of women and men or “Husbands & Wives” which has now been replaced by doughnuts and candy floss as the food of choice in our lifetime. It is said that even William Shakespeare was a fan of Gingerbread and has even quoted it in his work.
Twelfth Night Cake Recipe Directions:Cream two pounds of butter and two pounds of sifted loaf sugar; take one large nutmeg grated, half an ounce of ground allspice, one teaspoonful of ground cinnamon, the same of ginger, the same of coriander seeds, and one wineglass of brandy; mix these well, then beat very light eighteen eggs; cut into thin slices half a pound of citron, and the grated rind of two lemons; beat this for at least half an hour until perfectly light; line the pan with buttered white paper, and bake in rather slow heat for four hours: when nearly cold, ice it as directed.
This is so interesting – I love a bit of food history! Such a great idea for an event – and of course the cakes look scrumptious. Also, how glam are the museum ladies?!
Hehe they are fab!… Roll on July, ready for the next one : )