Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sam’s historical recipe corner: Fake fish

History Extra

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates fake fish - a medieval apple pie for Lent.

 In the Middle Ages, people were instructed not to eat meat during Lent. Yet the ban didn’t apply to fish – in fact, Dutch gourmets enjoyed serving up ‘fish’ dishes so much that they devised this fish-shaped apple pie. With no animal products, it’s every bit as virtuous as it is delicious.

 Ingredients For the dough:
 500g flour 125g oil (I used olive oil)
40g ground almonds
300ml water
1tsp salt
Saffron (optional)
Whole/sliced almonds to make scales

 For the filling:
 3 apples, chopped
 90g cane sugar
1tsp ginger
 ½tsp cinnamon
½tsp saffron
 2 slices gingerbread, lightly toasted and crumbled, or 40 ground almonds

Method For the dough:
Mix all the ingredients together, adding more liquid/flour if required, and knead it all until it’s reasonably smooth. Put the dough in the fridge for an hour before you need to use it.

 For the filling: Add the ingredients into a blender or mash by hand using a potato masher.

 Preheat the oven to 200°C. Divide the pastry in two. Roll out the first part and cut out an oval shape. Place the fish on a baking tray with toasted breadcrumbs sprinkled on the dough. Put the apple filling on to the oval, roll and cut out a second oval and place over the filling, pressing the top layer to the bottom. Cut out an eye hole and a hole near where the tail will go. Add fins, gills, scales. Bake for 45mins.

 Difficulty: 3/10

 Time: 90 mins

 Recipe courtesy of Coquinaria

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