Maids of Honour - Old English Tudor Cheesecakes
30 mins (prep 10, cooking 20)
11 ingredients
12 servings
These are the forerunner of modern baked cheesecakes, and this recipe originates from one of the first documented versions of this recipe. Curd cheese was very popular as an ingredient for desserts many hundreds of years ago, and these delightful little tarts have a Royal lineage; the story is that whilst Henry VIII was strolling in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, he came across a group of ladies in waiting (to his queen, Catherine of Aragon), one of whom was Anne Boleyn - whom subsequently became his second wife; they offered him some of these tarts and he enjoyed them so much, that he named them after the Maids of Honour. I always make these for afternoon tea - they are delightfully light and fragranced with delicate orange flower water or rose water. Use any dried fruits that you have available - I find a mixture of seedless raisins and chopped candied peel works very well.

Categories:  taste~mood , romantic , finger-food , crusts~pastry-dough , egg , eggs~dairy , time-to-make , holiday , tarts , served-cold , <-30-mins , european , presentation , valentine's-day , heirloom~historical , vegetarian , english , pies-and-tarts , dessert ,
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Serving Size (45.63 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 152.81 Calories from Fat 98.73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.97g 202.52%
Saturated Fat 2.22g 133.48%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 1.09mg 4.36%
Sodium 98.59mg 49.29%
Total Carbohydrate 10.34g 41.35%
Dietary Fiber 0.91 g 43.5%
Sugars 0.77 g %
Protein 3.88g 93.13%
Vitamin A 7.41IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 25.01mg% Iron 0.71mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
soft brown sugar, large eggs, rose water, mixed dried fruit