How Anne Boleyn wooed Henry VIII with her Maids of Honour custard tarts


Blackleaf
#1
Wolf Hall, the £7m BBC blockbuster starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, has already become the TV event of the year, exposing the skullduggery and political intrigue at the heart of the Tudor Court.

And now a historic west London bakery has given a fascinating new insight into the story behind the love affair that triggered the Reformation - revealing it was a simple custard tart that captivated the king's attention rather than Anne Boleyn's own charms.

Newens Tea House in Kew, west London, started baking Anne's delicate pastry Maids of Honour tarts in 1850 and still uses the 500-year-old recipe discovered in the 16th-century by Henry VIII.


How Anne Boleyn wooed Henry VIII with her Maids of Honour custard tarts... and the London tea house still using the recipe that's remained a secret for 500 YEARS


Anne Boleyn served the tarts in the ground of Hampton Court Palace

The original 500-year-old recipe was passed down through generations

Newens Tea House in Kew started selling the delicate pastry in 1850

By Anucyia Victor for MailOnline
23 January 2015
Daily Mail


Wolf Hall, the £7m BBC blockbuster starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, has already become the TV event of the year, exposing the skullduggery and political intrigue at the heart of the Tudor Court.

And now a historic west London bakery has given a fascinating new insight into the story behind the love affair that triggered the Reformation - revealing it was a simple custard tart that captivated the king's attention rather than Anne Boleyn's own charms.

Newens Tea House in Kew, west London, started baking Anne's delicate pastry Maids of Honour tarts in 1850 and still uses the 500-year-old recipe discovered in the 16th-century by Henry VIII.


The Maids of Honour tarts are baked using a 500-year-old recipe discovered in the 16th century by Henry VIII


Wolf Hall stars Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Claire Foy as his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn

It's said the King, then still married to Spanish wife Catherine of Aragon, was introduced to the delicacy by Anne Boleyn.

Anne, who was then the queen's lady-in-waiting, was sharing a plate of the tarts in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with her maids of honour.

The King was so taken by the simple pastry tart, which is made using rennet, he ordered the recipe - and Anne's Maid of Honour who baked them - to be locked up at Hampton Court.

They were released only to produce the Maids of Honour tarts for the king and his court.

The tea house is now bracing itself for a spike in visitors following the success of Wolf Hall.

Dean Martin, who bought the business from the Newens family five years ago, said: 'We're already doubling our production of Maids of Honour because we're expecting a big rise in visitors after the success of Wolf Hall.

'Ours are the original Maids of Honour tarts, baked using the exact recipe that drew Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn 500 years ago and we're honoured to be a part of an iconic relationship that changed the course of English history.'


Newens Tea House in Kew, west London has been serving the historic Tudor tarts since 1850


TV chef Jamie Oliver visited the Kew bakery last year as part of his Channel 4 Friday Night Feasts series, to see if modern methods could improve the 500-year-old recipe - the verdict was that he couldn't


They've got the X Factor: Simon Cowell visiting Newens in Kew, west London, last summer

Newens has already enjoyed a taste of fame when TV chef Jamie Oliver visited the Kew bakery last year as part of his Channel 4 Friday Night Feasts series, to see if modern methods could improve the 500-year-old recipe - the verdict was he couldn't.

The bakery also counts Hollywood royalty and former Prime Ministers among its fans.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have visited, as has X Factor judge Simon Cowell and even Britain's war time Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who wrote a personal note of thanks to the former owners in 1947 following his visit.


Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall


The tarts have been deemed so intrinsic to the shaping of Tudor history they will be on the menu of original Tudor dishes as part of Hampton Court's celebrations for the palace's 500th anniversary events this Easter



Newens Tea House has just opened a franchise in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The bakery has just opened its first franchise 6,000 miles away Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to target the booming market for classically English products in south east Asia.

It was the first time in 500 years the Maids of Honour tarts had been baked outside the UK in history.

The adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker-prize winning novel Wolf Hall charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s son and former mercenary to one of the King’s most senior and trusted advisors.

THE STORY BEHIND THE TARTS

The Maids of Honour tart recipe remained a Court secret for 200 years until it was leaked by a palace cook to a John Billet, a baker in nearby Richmond, west London, in the mid-18th century, who began producing the delicacies for wealthy customers.

By 1850, John Newens, a former apprentice Billet's bakery, had opened his own baking business, bringing with him the secret recipe he had been taught.

The original Maids of Honour recipe was passed down through the generations and the Maids of Honour continue to be baked by Newens at their Kew tea shop to this day.

The tarts have been deemed so intrinsic to the shaping of Tudor history they even made it on to the menu of original Tudor dishes as part of Hampton Court's celebrations for the palace's 500th anniversary events this Easter.




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Ludlow
#2
those look narsty

maybe iffen you put some applebutter on them
 
Sal
#3
I think they look amazing and I'm a cake girl myself
 
Ludlow
#4
Everything tastes good with apple butter
 
Sal
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Everything tastes good with apple butter

I don't know if I've ever had apple butter

if it were in cake I would probably like it
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Wolf Hall, the £7m BBC blockbuster starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, has already become the TV event of the year, exposing the skullduggery and political intrigue at the heart of the Tudor Court.

And now a historic west London bakery has given a fascinating new insight into the story behind the love affair that triggered the Reformation - revealing it was a simple custard tart that captivated the king's attention rather than Anne Boleyn's own charms.









Was Anne Boleyn perhaps a bit of a tart herself?

 
MHz
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Was Anne Boleyn perhaps a bit of a tart herself ?

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What the above said.
That line only shows you are a bigger **** than me by posting it first. lol
 
Blackleaf
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Was Anne Boleyn perhaps a bit of a tart herself?

She was. In fact, it was her being a bit of a tart that caused her to lose her head.

Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

those look narsty

maybe iffen you put some applebutter on them


They look like sweet Yorkshire puddings.
 

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