History Cookbook: Beancakes
This recipe uses flour. The end of the Anglo-Saxon period saw development of water mills but most flour was ground using a quern. The broad beans would have been grown in plots in the village along with other vegetables.
Saxons would have cooked foods such as small cakes or pancakes on a big iron skillet or hanging griddle near an open fire.
This recipe describes the methods used in the Saxon podcast, it is not an accurate guide to cooking the dish in a modern kitchen. To cook this dish yourself follow the link to the modern version.
For images of the cooking process see our Beancake Picture Gallery.
With thanks to Steve and Jo Parish of Past Alive for their help with this podcast.
- broad beans, in their pods
- stoneground flour
- goats milk
- optional: hazelnuts and linseeds
- A chopping board
- A knife for chopping
- Large bowl
- Flat knife or slice for turning the cakes
- Serving dish
- Shell the beans from their pods
- Chop the beans roughly on a wooden board
- Add about half a bowl of flour
- Moisten this with milk to make a paste
- Add a dollop of runny honey. This will make the paste wetter. You may need to add more milk to make sure the batter drops off your spoon
- If you wish, you can add a sprinkle of linseeds and some crushed hazelnuts (crush the nuts with a stone)
- When the batter will drop from the spoon, take it to your fire
- Set the bakestone / iron griddle above the fire
- Grease the griddle - you could use butter for this
- When the fat begins to sizzle and smoke a little, drop spoonfuls of the bean batter onto the griddle
- You will need to turn the cakes and move them around so they don't scorch
- Once they are golden on both sides, they are ready
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|Name: Louisa Pywell||14th February 2017|
|Hey! I'm using two of theses Anglo Saxon cooking recipes for a school project.|
|Name: Amberlee||24th April 2016|
|I've been looknig for a post like this forever (and a day)|
|Name: Rose||11th January 2016|
|Made this recently - excellent, had seconds !|
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