Recipe for six mince pies of ‘an indifferent bigness’

Description: This recipe for “Six Minst Pyes" is bound amongst the Conway Papers, part of the State Papers of Charles I, created by Edward Conway, Charles’ Secretary of State.

Although at first it may seem strange for there to be a mince pie recipe tucked in amongst the more usual documents of the Secretary of State and the Privy Council, it is worth remembering that many of the Secretaries treated the State Papers as their own filing system. It is therefore not unusual to find items such as poems, drawings or recipes amongst them.

Date: c.1624

Our Catalogue Reference: SP 14/189 f7
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