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Tarts on Ember Day
Arwen Southernwood

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Original Recipe

Tart on Ember Day

Arundel MS 344, early 15th c.
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1 ounce parsley, chopped (1 to 1 1/4 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup currants
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
5 ounces cheese (soft white cheese such as muenster, farmer, or mozzarella), grated
3 small eggs (or 2 extra large)
1 pie shell (or pastry for 24 tartlet shells)

Preparation Steps

Boil all ingredients except eggs, cheese, and pastry together until onions and currants are soft.  Mix in eggs and cheese and pour into pie shell or tart shells.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 30 - 35 minutes for a pie; 15 - 20 for tartlets.

Number of Servings

8-12 (pie); 24 (tartlets)

Redaction Notes

Good warm or cold.  The Forme of Cury contains another version of this recipe.  This redaction is based on one used at the Sated Tyger Inn.


  • Anonymous, Ancient Cookery (Arundel MS 344).  Edited by John Nichols.

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