Guests at a feast would
often eat their banquet (sweet course at the end of
a meal) from a plate made of sugar paste.
Sugar was pounded up until
it looked like icing sugar and then mixed with egg
The paste was moulded on the back of a plate. It was left
to dry,and then removed from the plate and decorated with intricate
A separate decoration was done for each guest.
Sometimes a few words or the lines of a poem or sonnet were
painted on too.
Guests could break their plate upand eat it
if they were still peckish at the end of a