Renaissance Baking Supplies

People in Costume Attending a Medieval BanquetMedieval Banquet Reenactment with Typical Foods
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Whether it's hard-to-find Renaissance baking supplies or Medieval cooking ingredients and decorations, you can easily purchase whatever you need online from Amazon and other sources. Make authentic Renaissance desserts and recreate the era itself by hosting your own memorable banquet or theme party.

Make Your Banquet Memorable

Edible silver leaf and 23kt edible Gold Leaf or Gold Flakes are used in gilding authentic Renaissance and Medieval-style sweetmeats. The thin metal sheets tend to be flavorless as they are meant to be decorative. They are also very fragile and somewhat fiddly to apply. Gold and silver MUST be labelled "edible" for safe use on foods.

Renaissance Baking Supplies

Small Packet of Edible 23K Gold LeafEdible 23K Gold Leaf
Small Packet of Edible Silver LeafEdible Silver Leaf
Bottle Containing Edible 23K Gold FlakesEdible 23K
Gold Flakes
Small Container of Gum ArabicGum Arabic
Small Containers of Gum TragacanthGum Tragacanth
Bottle of Rose WaterRose Water

The historical ingredients called for in Renaissance baking are Gum Arabic, Gum Tragacanth (Gum Dragon), Gum Paste, Rose Water, and Colored Sugar Crystals. These products can occasionally be found in shops that specialize in cake decorating and cookery.

Most Renaissance baking supplies are rarely found in local stores, but they are readily available online from Amazon and other trusted sources.

Renaissance-Style Molds and Cutters

Autumn Shapes Baking PanAutumn Shapes Pan
Cookie Cutters in Heart, Diamond, Spade, and Club ShapesCard Shapes Cutters

You can find a good assortment of cookie cutters and candy molds in classic Renaissance-style shapes at local department stores or cake decorating shops. Cookie cutters are perfect 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 royal occasions.

Renaissance Party Supplies

Medieval Table Cover on a Folding TableMedieval Table Cover
Two Examples of Medieval Pennant BannersMedieval Pennant Banner

Few of us can boast of having a Renaissance banquet hall, but party decorations and historical costumes can help to lend ambience to your home dining room for the occasion. For example, a colorful pennant banner and a large Medieval-like tablecloth will display your Renaissance desserts and sweetmeats perfectly.

Renaissance Costumes for Men and WomenRenaissance Costumes

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