Apparently Victorian housewives used to compete to see who could produce the most complicated designs and greatest number of jams in their Epiphany tarts (perhaps a suitable blog event for next year?). With no visual reference, there is nothing on the web, a simple cross pattern seemed suitable. Homemade pasty too! Just a half teaspoon of each jam filled out the squares, all were filled randomly.
What was even more impressive, feeling the jams appeared as little jewels, I attempted to jag the edge to appear as a crown. It doesn’t quite come across that well in the photo but worked for me!
Epiphany is another of those Pagan traditions taken over by the Christians. Epiphany is the ‘manifestations’ that were initially only celebrated in the Eastern church, but adopted in the West at the same time as the Pagan new year, January 6th.
UPDATE: I should have looked at The Old Foodie; he has posted further details of the Epiphany Tart (including an image) and of the Twelfth Night Cake.
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