Spießkuchen from Cod Pal Germ 551

44 A dish of a cake on a spit

If you would make a cake on a spit of ‘infidel’ dough (stiff dough used for a popular fritter ‘infidel cake’), prepare it well in two or three colours and lay them out lengthwise alongside each other so they do not touch. Then cut (to a point?) one part on one end and wind it around a wooden spit. Brush it with egg yolk at the ends so it stays in one piece and do not roast it too hot etc.

I owe thanks to my friend Libby Cripps for pointing me to the as yet untranslated 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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