Ingredient: ground cinnamon

Wassail Cider

All through college I sang in a Madrigal choir and, of course, we always did a big Madrigal dinner at the beginning of December each year. Four nights of performances during which a huge roast beef four-course meal was served, medieval dances performed, a fake Boar's Head was carried through the room while we sang the Boar's Head processional and...of course - we sang Wassailing carols while hot Wassail was served.

Dexterity Cake (Old Fashioned Stack Cake)

There are many different versions of Stack Cake out there, this one is more like the "old fashioned" style that used to be used in southern mountain towns. There is actually a little bit of history that goes with these cakes, which is kind of neat. Cakes used to be (and still can be) quite expensive. So when small towns would have town gatherings, like a barn dance, each family would make and bring one layer of a cake and it would be assembled (or stacked) using dry spiced fruit or apple butter.