Maids of honor are small, rich tarts (tartlets), filled with an almond custard. They are usually served with afternoon tea in England.
There are several stories on their origin. One has it that Ann Boleyn (1507-1536) invented them while she was lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon, and Henry VIII liked them so much he called them maids of honor.
Others say they originated in Surrey, during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (b.1533 - d.1603).
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