Best Grantham

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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

By Annie Gray

Published 2019

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Grantham is a small town in Lincolnshire, about one hundred miles (160 kilometers) from the area in Yorkshire where Downton, home of the earls of Grantham, stands. It was not unusual for titled families to live hundreds of miles from the town or county from which their title derived, however, for families frequently owned land—and houses—in many different counties. Land holdings were often consolidated in the twentieth century and estates sold off, leaving a number of anomalies like this. Grantham was also a type of gingerbread, which was named, like the family, for the town that was the center of its production from the Victorian period onward. Unlike many gingerbreads, this one is what was known as a white gingerbread, as it was made with white sugar rather than brown sugar or molasses. It has medieval roots, though it started life more as a spiced marzipan than a cake or cookie. Like many regional specialties, it died out in the late twentieth century and is now almost forgotten. It is an excellent addition to an afternoon tea party, however, especially if lots of people are expected, for it is easy and quick to make and stores very well.



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