Conrad Hagger and the Golden Age of Pie
Posted on July 25 2016
Nothing brings to mind "class and sophistication" more than a Medieval feast. No utensils, no personal hygiene, plague rats scurrying playfully under the tables... amirite?
Okay, maybe "medieval times" and "classy buffet" aren't quite peanut butter and jelly. But! When it comes to pies, no other time in history had quite the penchant for pie production. I'll be revisiting this period a lot in weeks to come, but to kick us off, I want to introduce you to a very special ye olde baker (and fortunately for us, writer!): Conrad Hagger.
The head cook of Prince Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach, Hagger collected together an amazing assortment of recipes and how-to guides for making some of the most incredible pies and pastry dishes in his book "Neues Saltzburgisches Kochbuch. 1719." (yes, 1719 is not "medieval", but many of the recipes in the book are so thhhpppt!)
Oh, and if anyone is looking for a birthday present for me, I'd like an original manuscript pls ;p
Not the sort of thing one finds on Amazon (and as far as I know its never been translated from old German), still the photos alone are hella inspiring. Lookit those clever baking forms! Look at the height he gets! #PieGoals indeed...
Sometime this year I'd like to tackle one of Hagger's designs. Until then, if any of you out there try your hand at any of these epic pies, please message me! I would love to feature you...
If you liked this Ins-pie-ration post, lemme know in the comments below, and if there is another epic baker or pie out there you think I should spotlight (especially if it is yours) lay it on me! Until next Monday...
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Jessica (aka @ThePieous)