A to Z Anthology

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M is for Mystery Mould

Maling jelly and blancmange moulds are found from Victorian times through to the 1930s and usually bear a mark appropriate to their age. Thus our example (left) carries a version of the Cetem Ware mark suggesting a date of c1920-1930.

Most moulds have a flat base but, unusually, this one has a foot. Why? As our culinary knowledge extends only as far as the soup course, we called in the Michelin-starred chefs.

Kitchenalia expert Mike Appleby suggests that the shape is based on a flummery mould, but he adds that these were normally made not of pottery but wood (right). Flummery was a popular English dessert from the 17th to 19th centuries - somewhat like a blancmange.

Food historian Ivan Day adds: "Flummery moulds have a little turned foot which functions as a useful handle when turning the flummery out. The moulds (usually made from water-resistant sycamore) were soaked in water before the flummery was poured in, to allow easy de-moulding."

Flummoxed by flummery? Try "J is for Jelly" instead.

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