Lardy Jacks & Johnny Boys (Medieval English Sweet Cakes)

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 18 Pcs
UNITS: US

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
  • 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
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DIRECTIONS

  • Basic English Egg Dough:
  • Pour scalded milk over butter, salt, & sugar.
  • Cool.
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  • Let stand until it bubbles.
  • Add yeast to beaten eggs and then to cooled milk.
  • Gradually add flour - only enough to make an easily handled dough.
  • Turn out on floured surface and knead until smooth & elastic.
  • Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise about 1 hour.
  • Punch down and shape into 3 loaves.
  • Place in greased loaf pan and let rise until doubled.
  • Bake at 450º F for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350º F and bake 40 minutes longer.
  • For Lardy Jacks:
  • After first rising of the Egg Dough,knead in the sugar, butter, raisins, & nuts. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into triangles.
  • Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on greased baking sheet at 400º F until done about 15 minutes.
  • For Johnny Boys:
  • 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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