This (not very tasty) recipe was: Half flour, half salt and some water.
It is uncertain whether Mother Bunch was an actual person or a fictional character. Her name certainly appeared in several Elizabethan authors 'jest books.' One called 'Jests Mixed With Mother Bunches Merriments' was published in 1604 the author was Pasquil (probably a pseudonym.)
In 1777 a further book 'Mother Bunch's Fairy Tales went on sale. In this collection Mother Bunch was the wise old woman who narrated the story.
Jest and Play Books contributed to the popular entertainment of Elizabethan times. Both contained jokes. It is claimed that Barnacle and one or two of the other Shellies call their code book, 'Crabby's Jest Book.'
Amongst the people who helped to popularise the theatre at this time was the actor, author, clown and composer Richard Tarlton (orTarleton.) He was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, being one of the few who could keep her merry (or undumpish her.) Following his death in 1588 Tarlton's Jests was published. Many of the jokes and pranks of those days were attributed to him!