Whether it's hard-to-find Renaissance baking supplies or Medieval cooking ingredients and decorations, you can easily purchase whatever you need online. Make authentic Renaissance desserts and recreate the era itself by hosting your own memorable banquet or theme party.
Some of the historical ingredients called for in Renaissance baking are Gum Arabic, Gum Tragacanth (Gum Dragon), Gum Paste, Rose Water, and Colored Sugar Crystals. Edible silver leaf and 23kt edible Gold Leaf or Gold Flakes are used in gilding authentic Renaissance and Medieval-style sweetmeats. These ingredients are rarely found in local stores nowadays, but they are available to you online from a trusted source.
You'll find a good assortment of quality cookie cutters and candy molds in classic shapes for preparing marchpane (marzipan), sugar paste, leach, gingerbread, marmalet (marmalade), and other sweetmeats for presentation.
Popular shapes for sweetmeats in the Medieval and Renaissance Eras were heart, diamond, club, spade, crescent moon, walnut, acorn, egg, and various fruits.
The cut or molded sweetmeats were often colored with natural food dyes or decorated with colored sugars. They were sometimes gilded with edible 23kt gold or edible silver leaf for serving on special royal occasions.
Few of us can boast of having a Renaissance banquet hall, but party decorations can help to lend ambience to your home dining room for the occasion. For example, a colorful pennant banner (10-inch x 12 feet) and a large Medieval-like tablecloth will display your Renaissance desserts perfectly.