A roste - beef roast with crisps medieva

Yield: 8 plus

Measure Ingredient
4 tablespoons Or more butter or oil for searing meat
5 pounds Beef roast tied with butcher's cord
½ cup Flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Dried sweet basil; crushed
½ teaspoon Dried rosemary; crushed
1 cup Flour
1 each Egg
⅔ cup Milk
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Thyme
1 cup Dates; pits removed, cut in halves
1 cup Dried figs; stems removed, cut in strips
½ cup Dried apple rings; cut in halves
2 tablespoons Brown sugar or honey
1½ cup Beef stock
½ teaspoon (scant) baking powder
¼ cup Chopped fresh parsley; crushed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In Dutch oven or cast-iron pot (either having tight covers) melt the butter.

Dredge the roast with the mixture of flour, cinnamon, and salt, and thoroughly sear in the heated butter, browning all sides.

Mix basil, rosemary, and thyme. Mix spices with combined dates, figs, and apples.

Arrange spiced fruits around the meat. Sprinkle sugar or drizzle honey on fruits.

Carefully pour on beef stock around the edges of the pot so as to avoid 'flooding' any food surfaces. Cover tightly.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 3 hours, or until tender. Remove from oven to cool for 30 minutes. Increase oven heat to 450 degrees F.

Prepare a very thick batter by vigorously stirring all batter ingredients except parsley. Add extra flour if necessary.

Add chopped parsley to the batter.

Pour batter over the roast allowing the excess to trickle down into the gravy. Return meat to hot oven (450 degrees F) for 5 to 10 minutes so that coating browns nicely.

Cut the roast in its dough jacket. Serve the 'crisps' which formed in the juices, along with the gravy and fruit.

From _Fabulous Feasts_- Medieval Cookery and Ceremony by Madeleine Pelner Cosman George Braziller, Inc. ISBN 0-8076-0832-7 Typos by Jeff Pruett Submitted By JEFF PRUETT On 05-16-95

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