Eating Medieval: Emplumeus

Okay, it’s not actually much of a mystery, but hey, I can’t give it all away in the title.  And I had this idea putting the word MYSTERY into the title was more enticing and curiosity-arousing than…apples.

[And a reminder, after that exciting introductory paragraph–the #GIVEAWAY is still going.  Leave a comment to be entered.  Any comment will do.  Well, maybe a nice comment.  And no politics.  Unless it’s 14th Century politics.  Are you on Team Edward or Team Bruce?  Just remember–you get called names and boycotted for having the wrong opinion on modern politics.  You get disemboweled and hanged for the wrong opinion on medieval politics.  So, well, maybe we should just stick to pleasant comments after all!]

Back to the Mystery Dessert.  Yes, there it is.  Emplumeus is cooked apples.

An old version of this recipe goes as such:

Again, emplumeus of apples: to give understanding to him who will make it, take good barberine apples according to the quantity of it which one wants to make and then pare them well and properly and cut them into fair gold or silver dishes; and let him have a fair, good, and clean earthen pot, and let him put in fair clean water and put to boil over fair and clear coals and put his apples to boil therein. And let him arrange that he has a great quantity of good sweet almonds according to the quantity of apples which he has put to cook, and let him blanch, clean, and wash them very well and put them to be brayed in a mortar which does not smell at all of garlic, and let him bray them very well and moisten them with the broth in which the said apples are cooking; and when the said apples are cooked enough draw them out onto fair and clean boards, and let him strain the almonds with this water and make milk which is good and thick, and put it back to boil on clear and clean coals without smoke, and a very little salt. And while it boils let him chop his said apples very small with a little clean knife and then, being chopped, let him put them into his milk, and put in a great deal of sugar according to the amount that there is of the said emplumeus of apples; and then, when the doctor asks for it, put it in fair bowls or pans of gold or silver.


For the full post, see Laura’s blog.


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