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Feast & Fast

The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

179: Pastry jagger

Pastry jagger with finial incorporating a heart design England, c.1730 Latten (alloy of copper and zinc) Private collection The 5 pastry tools displayed here in chronological order are made from different materials in strikingly different forms, at different times, and in different countries but they all performed the same function: to create striking edible ornamentation in raw pastry dough to embellish pies, such as those on our recreated Baroque feasting table. English examples often had a measuring spoon at one end, or a crimper for sealing pie edges, vital to stop the contents from bubbling out when being baked. The Dutch example is adorned with a pastry cook in formal guild dress with a sheet of pastry draped over his rolling pin.

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