The Great Rare Books Bake Off Finale

As November comes to a close so does the FSU Special Collections & Archives Great Rare Books Bake Off. We have had a month full of mixing, baking, cooking, and exploring; our recipes ranged from cakes, cookies, meat pie, hot punch, soup, fish, mushrooms, and much more! Diving into the stacks, our contributors learned about the historic origins of several different recipes, and navigated the difficulties of how measurements and oven temperatures have evolved over time.

Cocktail/Mocktail Week

Hot Punch by Rachel Duke

Appetizer Week

Aspic Mould with Vegetables by Kristin Hagaman

Winter Squash Soup by Christianne Beekman

Cheese Biscuits by Rachel Duke

Main Course and Sides

Yorkshire Pudding by Kristin Hagaman

Stewed Mushrooms by Matt Hunter

Neates-Tongue by Matthew Burrell

“Venison” Pasty by Krystal Thomas


Snow Cake by Kristin Hagaman

Bizcochos de Chocolate by Tanya Peres

Molasses Cookies by Emily McClellan

Hot Milk Sponge Cake by Denise Wetzel

We appreciate all of the effort put forth by the contributors to the FSU Special Collections & Archives Great Rare Books Bake Off!

As for the winner of this month’s bake off….it is everyone! Truly, every participant demonstrated extraordinary commitment and skills in recreating historical recipes and it was so much fun watching this unfold. Comment below to tell us about your family’s traditional recipes or how you have reworked old recipes to make more sense in the 21st century. Should the Great Rare Books Bake Off become a yearly event? Let us know!

Everyone loves a savory meat jelly, right?

Published by Kristin Hagaman

Graduate Assistant, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries

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