Mortar Cakes from Cod Pal Germ 551

26 Make a mortar cake thus

Cut fine white bread in cubes, then beat eggs, and stir the bread into them and cut into it nutmeg and other spices and colour it yellow. And stir (slah) into it (the meat of?) young roast chickens. Then put fat into a hot mortar and set it in the embers and then put the filling into it and let it cook gently (kul pachen) and serve it.

27 Another mortar cake

Grate fine white bread and stir eggs into it. Put fat into a mortar and cut 3 nutmegs into it. Set it in the embers and then pour it (the bread) into that and let it cook. Cut it in slices and serve it.

I owe thanks to my friend Libby Cripps for pointing me to the as yet unedited fifteenth-century culinary recipe collection that is bound with similar works on fabric dyes and on medicine in the Heidelberg Cod Pal Germ 551. It looks, at first glance, unexceptional, but I will try to keep up a flow of recipes and see whether it has anything of particular interest to offer.

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