As an ex-cheesemonger, Lesley loves the combination of sweet and spicy with cheese.
When she was working on the recipe for our Spicy Sussex Alberts she wanted to use two old fashioned spices in the biscuits – hot Cayenne pepper, which was very popular with cooks in the 19th century, and sweet Allspice, which was a mainstay of all spice canisters of the time.
This sounds quite a simple task, but it was not the case…
The first batch of biscuits was far too hot – the cayenne pepper completely dominated. So, the cayenne was scaled down and the allspice was cranked up in the next recipe…and the next recipe…and so it went on until we had a biscuit where sweetness from the allspice is the first taste, followed by a gentle warmth from the cayenne which comes through a few seconds later.
Lesley did not set out to create a biscuit with two distinct elements to it – there must be a physiological/chemical explanation for this, probably connected with how the tongue reads flavours, so if any of our readers can come up with the answer, we would love to hear from you!
So, for all our Spicy Sussex lovers we enclose a voucher code this month for you to use when ordering 4 x Spicy Sussex Alberts in our online shop. With each order of 4 Spicy Sussex we will pop in an extra free box of Sussex Gingerbread Thins, as ginger was another important spice in 19th century spice tins. This voucher can be used up until 5th August 2021.