Take a quart of life Hony, and set it upon the fire and when it seetheth scum it clean, and then put in a certaine of fine Biskets well serced, and some pouder of Cloves, some Ginger, and powder of sinamon, Annis seeds and some Sugar, and let all these be well stirred upon the fire, til it be as thicke as you thinke needfull, and for the paste for them take Flower as finelye dressed as may be, and a good peece of sweet Butter, and woorke all these same well togither, and not knead it.
(Originally published in 1584.)
I'm interpreting that as:
- Boil and skim a quart of honey
- Add biscuit crumbs
- Add ground cloves, ginger, ground cinnamon, aniseed, and sugar
- Cook until thickened
- Make pastry out of flour and butter
There is no leavening agent in this recipe, so the resulting biscuits are going to be very dense. It's almost going to be a spiced candy paste wrapped in pastry. Hopefully it'll taste good!
The ingredients are almost identical to those for lebkuchen, and I have a good recipe for those to indicate proportions.
For the trial batch:
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1/2 tsp each of the spices
- 1/3 cup of crushed Digestive biscuits.
- Regular pastry, including water to hold it together.
They need 10 minutes at 400F/Gas7 to cook the pastry. The filling reliquified on cooking, but I think I overcooked the filling. It really ought to have stayed soft. The ones I tasted fresh from the oven are delicious, though! The trick is going to be making sure I stick with soft ball temperatures.