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A Tudor Feast - Sugar Paste Plate

Sugar Paste Plate

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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 white.

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 designs.

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 meal!