Recipe of the Month

September 2021

Maids of Honour

I visited Hever Castle, home of the Boleyn family recently so I’m making these tartlets for Grandma Abson's Recipe of the Month. This traditional English baked delicacy is said to date back to the time of Henry VIII who found Anne Boleyn and her Maids of Honour eating them. The story goes that he liked them so much that he insisted that the recipe was locked in a box at Richmond Palace in London. Here’s Grandma Abson’s recipe.

Maids of Honour

8oz/225g puff pastry or shortcrust pastry

8oz/225g curd cheese

2 eggs

1oz /25g caster sugar

1 lemon g rated zest and juice

1 oz ground almonds

1 tbsp currants

A little apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 400F, Mark 6, 200C. Roll out the pastry thinly and with a 3 ½ inch cutter cut out little circles and place in a tartlet tins.  Combine the curd cheese, caster sugar, lemon rind, ground almonds and currants in a bowl. Beat the egg and egg yolk together and add this as well. Mix very thoroughly with a fork until everything is well blended. Smooth a small amount of the jam into each pastry case and then fill each about 2/3 rds full of the cheese mixture. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 25 minutes. The mixture should puff up and turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When cool, you can decorate with a light dusting of icing sugar. This recipe makes approximately 24 tartlets.

Hever Castle

As always stay safe and keep baking! 

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Grandma Abson’s

Yorkshire Recipes 

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