Here are today’s five thing to know about Spongecake:
- During the renaissance, Italian cooks became famous for their baking skills and were hired by households in both England and France.
- The new items that they introduced were called “biscuits,” though they were the forerunner of what we now consider to be sponge cake.
- Gervase Markham (1568-1637), English poet and author, recorded the earliest sponge cake recipe in English in 1615.
- These sponge cakes were most likely thin, crisp cakes (more like modern cookies).
- By the middle of the 18th century, yeast had fallen into disuse as a raising agent for cakes in favor of beaten eggs.
Today’s Food History
- 1617 The first one way streets were established in London. Seventeen one way streets were created to regulate “disorder and rude behaviour of Carmen, Draymen, and others using Cartes.”
- 1813 Alexander Wilson died. Scottish naturalist, ornithologist and poet. Founder of American ornithology
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