Sambocade Recipe

Sambocade is a medieval Elderflower cheesecake taken from the fourteenth century.

ORIGINAL RECEIPT:

179. Sambocade. Take and make a crust in a trap & take cruddes and wryng out þe wheyze and drawe hem þurgh a straynour and put hit in þe crust. Do þerto sugar the þridde part, & somdel whyte of ayren, & shake þerin blomes of elren; & bake it vp with eurose, & messe it forth.

TRANSLATION:

Elderflower Cheesecake. Take and make a crust in a pie pan & take curds and wring out the whey and pass it through a strainer and put it in the pie shell. Add sugar (a “þridde part” – about 1/3 cup), and a portion of egg whites, and add dried elderflowers; and bake it with rosewater, and serve it.

MODERN RECIPE:

  • 1 nine-inch pie shell
  • 1 ½ lbs. cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • whites of 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. dried elderflowers
  • 1 Tbs. rosewater

Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. (A food processor or blender will do the job nicely.) Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until filling has set and the crust is a golden brown. Let cool and serve.

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