In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates a healthy snack thought to have been enjoyed in Egypt around 3,500 years ago.
Sam Not writes: If you, like me, have a sweet tooth but are trying to be healthier then try tiger nut balls.
I found lots of references to this being one of the first Egyptian recipes that we know of, found written on an ancient ostraca (inscribed broken pottery) dating back to 1600 BC. Although I haven’t found a definitive source for this (or why tiger nut balls don’t contain tiger nuts!) they sounded too delicious to pass over. As your average ancient Egyptian seems to have had a very sweet tooth and often added dates and honey to desserts, I like to think that this is a sweet that would have been made thousands of years ago.
A fruit cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites” published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960
Bake quick and comforting fruit bars with a just few simple ingredients. A delicious flashback from those carefree first pre-WWII decades. They’re the perfect treats to serve for everything from Sunday dessert to summer picnics and celebrations of any kind.
As Contry Joe & the Fish once sang; Bring Back The Sixties, Man 😉
Tak fayre porke y-broylid, & grynd it smal with yolkys of Eyroun; than take Pepir, Gyngere, & grynd it smal, & melle it with-al, & a lytel hony, & floryssche thin cofyns with-ynne & with-owte, & hele hem with thin ledys, & late hem bake, & serue forth – Original recipe
A traditional British pie recipe found on BBC/Food
Paul Hollywood from Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds writes: This traditional northern treat is a real favourite of mine. It’s stuffed with sticky dates and treacly brown sugar and laced with ginger and rum. ‘Nicky’ may stem from the original technique of covering the filling with a whole piece of pastry then making slashes or ‘nicks’ in it.