A few weeks ago we had some friends over for a day of medieval geekery. We chatted, researched and cooked a medieval dinner party together. We hosted a little wine tasting with the spiced wines we had made, and they helped us decide on the wine to use.
For the medieval marked reenactment event that we were a part of this weekend, I was asked to make some lunch for the group. I knew were were about eight adults and a gaggle of children, so I wanted to make something in advance that was easy to eat and would feed a bunch of people. A have wanted to make some kind of hand pie for a while, so this seemed like a good opportunity.
On the blog I have talked about medieval spiced wine before. My boyfriend and I have decided that we want to start going to medieval reenactment markeds as spice wine merchants. To do this we of course had to get the clothing and gear, more about that in another post. We are going to our first marked in little under two weeks.
I found this for three clover cakes recipe in one of my mom’s 1980’s recipe books. I have never seen anything like them before, so I had to try it out! It turned out to be a rather tasty small cake or large cookie – I am not sure which is the better word. The recipe was found in a Christmas cookbook, but I do not know it as a Christmas cookie, so I think you could bake it at any time of the year. I am baking them for the a larp event.
Vanilla Wreaths are another Christmas cookie that is quintessentially Danish. Though they are also eaten outside Christmas. They are sweet, crisp and full of almonds and vanilla. The cookie goes back to around 1840. Here is my recipe as well as one of Madam Mangor’s recipes from 1866, that I am yet to test out.
These cookies were developed by Jewish bakers in Copenhagen in the early 1800’s at some point. They are part of the Danish Christmas cookie pantheon. If you ask most of my family they are the best part. There are many versions of this recipe, I have found a few for you. My family’s recipe as well as two from 1890 – they are quite different.