Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yorkshire Pie-Clates

Remember No. 3 Economical Pot Liquor Soup? This is from the same cookbook, A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes [1852], by Charles Elme Francatelli. i111.png picture by seshet27

He looks sad. Maybe he's been living on No. 3 Economical Pot Liquor Soup for a while. Anyway, this recipe is a lot better.

Yorkshire Pie-clates [pikelets] for Tea.
Ingredients, one pound of flour, two ounces of grocer's currants, three gills* of milk, and a pinch of baking-powder. Mix the above ingredients together in a pan into a firm, smooth, compact paste. Divide this into eight equal parts, roll each into a ball with the hand previously dipped in flour, then roll them out with a rolling-pin, with a little flour shaken on the table to prevent the paste from sticking, to the size of a tea-saucer, and bake the pie-clates upon a griddle-iron fixed over a clear fire to the upper bar of the grate. In about two or three minutes' time they will be done on the underside; they must then be turned over that they may be also baked on the other side, then taken off the griddle-iron, placed on a plate, and a little butter spread upon each as they are done out of hand.

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Revised Yorkshire Pie-Clates [pikelets] for Tea
4 C. flour
1/2 C. currants (or raisins)
1 t. baking powder
15 oz. milk

Mix flour, currants, and baking powder together, then stir in milk until it is a doughy ball. Divide into eight pieces and roll out to... well, the size of a very small plate. Don't get fussy with me, precision is not called for. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with oil and fry on both sides, like a pancake. Rub or spread with butter. Sprinkle with sugar if you like as well, it is tasty.

Verdict:
These are much like Navajo tacos, only with raisins. It was fast, easy, cheap, didn't require very many ingredients, and tasted like fry bread. I call this one a victory. Mr. Francatelli has redeemed himself a little, although the soup wasn't that bad either. I made half a recipe, and we ate all of them right away. I imagine this would be smashing with jam as well.

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Moo.


*1 gill = 5 oz.

2 comments:

Nonna Beach said...

Now those look really good, ( I could down a few quick with a nice cold glass of milk...more than a gill LOL ) even though he looks sad...I agree, must be too much of that soup !

Jana said...

He probably ate like four gills of that soup.