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Pies and Pastries
(Or Ryschewys, Risschewes, Rysschews)

Fried Ryschewys
"Think of a cross between a mince pie and fig roll wrapped in saffron pastry then fried. Glorious!"
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Small fried pasties. A type of the fancy accompaniments known in the 1300s to 1800s as Kickshaws.

Original Receipt in the 15th Century 'Austin Manuscripts' (Austin 1440)

Risschewes de frute Take ffigges, and grinde hem in a morter al smal with a litell oyle, and grynde wit hem, clowes, and maces; and then take hem vppe in-to a diss, and caste thereto pynes, saundres, reisons of coraunce, myced dates, pouder of Peper, Canell, Saffron, and salt; And then make fyne paast of floure, water, sugur, saffron, and salt, And make there-of faire kakes; and then rolle the stuff in thi honde, and couche hit in the kakes; kutte hem, and so folde hem togedrys as risshewes, And fry hem in goode Oyle, And serue hem forthe hote.

lij. Ryschewys of Marow - Take fayre Flowre & raw yolkys of Eyroun, & Sugre, & Salt, & pouder of Gyngere, & Safroun, & make fayre cakes; & şan take marow, Sugre, & pouder of Gyngere, & ley it on şin cake, & fold hem to-gederys, & kytte hem in şe maner of Rysschewes, & frye hem in freyssche grece, & şanne serue forth.

xlviij. Ryschewys in lente - Take Fygys & sethe hem uppe in Ale; şan take whan şey ben tendyr, & bray hem smal on a Mortere; [leaf 34] şan take Almaundys, & schrede hem şer-to smal; take Perys, & schrede hem şer-to; take datys, & schrede hem şer-to; & nym Milwel or lenge, şat is wel y-wateryd, & tese şer-to; şan make şin farsure, & rolle a-long in şin hond, & ley hem in flowre; şan make şin bature with ale & Floure, & frye hem vppe brown in Oyle; ryyt so, make round-lyke Fretourys in şe maner be-for-sayd, & frye hem vppe, & şat ben y-clepid Ragons, & şanne serue hem forth.

lviij. Ryschewys close & Fryez - Take Fygys, & grynd hem smal in a mortere with a lytil Oyle, & grynd with hym clowys & Maces; & şan take it vppe in-to a vesselle, & cast şer-to Pynez, Saundrys, & Roysonys of Coraunce, & mencyd Datys, Pouder Pepir, Canel, Salt, Safroun; [leaf 35 bk.] şan take fyne past of flowre an water, Sugre, Safroun, & Salt, & make fayre cakys şer-of; şan rolle şin stuf in şin hond, & couche it in şe cakys, & kyt it, & folde hym as Ruschewys, & frye hem vppe in Oyle; and serue forth hote.

See also:
Oyster Chewitts

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