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- n. A kind of fine white bread or cake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of white and fine bread or cake; -- called also wastel bread, and wastel cake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cake.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a round cake.
The other word I was stumped by is wastel, which is a bread made of fine flour.
“Swear by wine and wastel-bread, for these are the props of thy life, thou greedy Southron!” said Dame
Mysie made no answer, but began to knead dough for wastel-cake with all despatch, observing that Sir Piercie had partaken of that dainty, and commended it upon the preceding day.
Nor were the good folks of those days without their simnels, cracknels, and other sorts of cakes for the table, among which in the wastel we recognise the equivalent of the modern
Gaylede: Take almaunde mylke and flowre of rys, and do therto sugre or hony, and powder gyngere; then take fygs, and kerve them ato, or roysonys yhole, or harde wastel ydicyd and coloure it with saunderys and sette it and dresse hem yn.
Her sisters, who were now grand ladies with husbands and manors of their own, and her old father, and all the great people of the county came to congratulate her; and after that they used often to drop in for a dinner of chickens and wine and wastel bread if they passed the house on a journey, and sometimes they spent the night there.
One archbishop had to forbid an abbess whom he visited to keep _monkeys and a number of dogs_ in her own chamber and charged her at the same time with stinting her nuns in food; one can guess what became of the roasted flesh or milk and wastel-breed!
On the corners of the table were trenchers of white bread -- wastel, cocket, manchet, of fine wheaten flour, -- and brown bread of barley, millet and rye.
When wheat is at twelve shillings the quarter, says an antient statute of Henry III., then wastel bread of a farthing shall weigh eleven shillings and four pence.
And cat what liketh thee of dainty wastel-bread And take what thou mayst get of silver small and bright