Maids of Honour – A Tudor Recipe

Maids of honour

Year 3 have enjoyed helping to make these, eat them and then write about it all!

They were originally made for Queen Elizabeth the first who was a famous Tudor queen. Here is the recipe to try some of your own – Mrs Miccoli swapped a few ingredients to make them nut free but this is the original recipe. They are delicious served warm fresh from the oven.

You will need

450g puff pastry

2 lemons

225g curd cheese

175g butter (allow to soften)

4 egg yolks

175g castor sugar

50g very fine dry breadcrumbs

50g ground almonds (we used ground rice)

pinch of nutmeg

What to do

Roll out the pastry thinly and use to line about 24 bun tins. Grate the zest from the lemons on the fine side of the grater, taking care not to catch your fingers. Squeeze the juice from one lemon. Mix the zest and juice with all the other ingredients until well blended. Divide this mixture between the pastry cases. We used a fork to make a little set of holes in the base of each pastry case before we added the filling. Bake in a pre-heated moderately hot oven – 200 C or Gas mark 6 for about 10 mins until golden brown. Remove from tin and dust with icing sugar.