@2016 Christmas - Gibraltar stamps
- Stephen Perera
- © ingimage.com
- Lowe-Martin Group
- 4 colours + Varnish
- 32 x 32mm
- G (22p), 40p, 64p, 70p, 80p, £2
Modern Christmas biscuits can trace their history to recipes from Medieval Europe. However, the old feast traditions remained and while the roast and drink recipes were probably quite similar to what earlier Europeans had enjoyed, the pastry world was experiencing some amazing changes. Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper were just starting to be widely used and dried exotic fruits like citron, apricots and dates added sweetness and texture to the dessert tray. These items, along with ingredients like sugar, lard and butter, would have been prized as expensive delicacies by medieval cooks. Only on the most important holiday families could afford treats like these, which led to a baking bonanza to prepare for Christmas. Unlike elaborated pies or cakes, biscuits could be easily shared and given to friends and neighbors.