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Juliet Maids of Honour

These are traditional small cakes that are crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey on the inside.

They are supposed to have first appeared at the court of Henry V111 with Anne Boleyn. Rumour is that the king found them so delicious he confiscated the recipe and kept it secret – and may even had the inventor locked up so she could only make the cakes for him and his court!

Maids of Honour appeared in ‘The Great British Bakeoff’ and you can find out more about them here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10689953/Maids-of-Honour-the-Great-British-Bake-loved-by-Henry-VIII.html

This recipe is from a 1913 cookbook and is quite simple. Maids of Honour seem to be making a comeback at the moment. Jamie Oliver revived them with some tasty new ideas in his ‘Friday Night Feasts’ and Delia Smith has a delicious looking recipe http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/richmond-maids-of-honour.html

They would make a great alternative to mince pies – you could even experiment with mincemeat instead of the raspberry jam!

1913 recipe: 

  • Eight teaspoonfuls of sifted sugar
  • One egg
  • Two ounces (57g) of ground almonds (and a few flakes to decorate)
  • Pot of raspberry Jam
  • A pinch of baking powder.
  • A block of (bought) puff pastry

The sugar and the egg to be beaten well together, then the almonds stirred in. Put the baking powder last. Have some patty-pans (mince pie or jam tart tins are fine) lined with puff-paste (I used the bought kind – life is too short to make your own puff pastry!). Lay a little raspberry jam at the bottom of each, and cover with a teaspoon of the mixture. (I decorated them with toasted almond flakes, which worked well.)

Bake in a moderate oven. 

(200c/180 if fan assisted, or Gas Mark 6 for about 20 minutes)

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Juliet Greenwood
Who Am I?

Juliet Greenwood is the author of two historical novels published by Honno Press, ‘We That are Left’ which follows the story of the women and the civilians caught up in the First World War, and ‘Eden’s Garden’, a timeslip mystery set in Cornwall and Snowdonia. Her third novel for Honno, set in a neglected mansion in Cornwall and amongst the suffragists and suffragettes in London, will be published in 2016.

As Heather Pardoe, she writes serials for ‘The People’s Friend’ story magazine and four short ‘cozy crime’ novels will shortly be published by Endeavour Press.

Juliet lives in a traditional cottage in Snowdonia, between the mountains and the sea. She loves gardening and baking, both of which have a tendency to appear in all her books!

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