Lardy Jacks & Johnny Boys (Medieval English Sweet Cakes)

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Recipe by Marlitt

This recipe is actually 3 in 1. The base for this is a Basic English Egg Dough and then 2 variations of the recipes These are really quite nice, they are like a sweet bisquit. I got this recipe when I was helping my daughter a school project. The original recipe dates back to the 17th century. It was almost impossible to read (I'm not sure if that was they way they wrote back then or a literacy issue) Anyway this a modernized version. It was really kind of fun since I enjoyed the recipe I kept it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Basic English Egg Dough(a bread dough made of milk butter and eggs)

  • 1 12 cups milk, scalded
  • 12 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 21 g dry yeast (3 packets)
  • 12 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 9 cups flour
  • Lardy Jacks (use 1/3 cup egg dough)

  • 12 cup sugar
  • 12 cup butter, very soft
  • 34 cup raisins
  • 34 cup nuts
  • Johnny Boys

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Basic English Egg Dough:.
  2. Pour scalded milk over butter, salt, & sugar.
  3. Cool.
  4. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  5. Let stand until it bubbles.
  6. Add yeast to beaten eggs and then to cooled milk.
  7. Gradually add flour - only enough to make an easily handled dough.
  8. Turn out on floured surface and knead until smooth & elastic.
  9. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise about 1 hour.
  10. Punch down and shape into 3 loaves.
  11. Place in greased loaf pan and let rise until doubled.
  12. Bake at 450º F for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350º F and bake 40 minutes longer.
  13. For Lardy Jacks:.
  14. After first rising of the Egg Dough,knead in the sugar, butter, raisins, & nuts. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into triangles.
  15. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on greased baking sheet at 400º F until done about 15 minutes.
  16. For Johnny Boys:.
  17. Follow Lardy Jacks recipe above, but add 3 Tbs. cinnamon to the sugar. Shape the triangles like a boy with outflung arms (or use a gingerbreadman cookie cutter).

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