Monday, October 26, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 38 Farsure of Wych

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book (Harley MS 1735)

This manuscript is dated before 1485.

The 68 recipes in John Crophill's Commonplace Book are on pages 16v through 28v.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the British Library website.

I have done my best to provide an accurate, but readable transcription. Common abbreviations have been expanded, the letters thorn and yogh have been replaced with their modern equivalents, and some minor punctuation has been added.

Copyright © 2015 by Daniel Myers,


[38.] Farsure of Wych
Tak fys[che] [al as?] beste and yelkys of eyren soden & saffron gynd eyren raw & bred poudre & sugre as be farse.


I could not find any matches for this recipe in the other surviving cookbooks. From its brevity and confused wording, I expect that it is an incomplete and/or inaccurate copy from another source. I am also fairly sure that the word "wych" in the title is a copyist error for "fysch".

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