Looking for a unique delicacy to enjoy this Labor Day weekend?
Here's a recipe inspired by the Renaissance era and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night!
First Folio Theatre's production of Twelfth Night from summer 2010, directed by Michael Goldberg.

“Here’s the challenge, read it: I warrant there’s vinegar and pepper in’t.” -Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

Citrus Tarts*

These tarts contain pepper and vinegar, to create a sweet/savory balance. Peppercorns, popular since ancient Greece and Rome, and traded as money in Medieval times, were often included in sweet dishes in Shakespeare’s day.

4 large naval oranges
3 lemons
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground 5-color peppercorns
3 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons verjus (or white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey
15 ready-made tiny phyllo tart shells (1-inch diameter)

Use a vegetable peeler to cut the peel from the oranges and lemons, removing any white pith. Soak the peels for 10 minutes in cold water, then drain and coarsely chop.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add peels, pepper, ginger, sugar, and wine, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool mixture to room temperature, stir in verjuice and honey. Spoon the filling into the tart shells and serve.

*Recipe from Huffpost, "Chewing on Shakespeare: Recipes for a Renaissance Birthday," by Gerit Quealy, 2011.
Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend!
Our 2019-2020 season is sponsored by Alan and Susan Becker

First Folio's programs are sponsored in part by
grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a State agency)
and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. 

First Folio Theatre is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  
All performances take place on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, which is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Indoor shows are presented in Mayslake Hall, a 30-room Tudor Revival style mansion originally built by coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Completed in 1922, the mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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