Dates in comfyte


SOURCE: There is no recipe for "dates in comfyte", although the dish is listed in a 15th-century menu. However, recipes for pears in comfit are fairly common. One of these, found in An Ordinance of Pottage, #86, p. 64, suggests adding dates to the other ingredients. This indicates that the recipes for pears may also be suitable for dates. The recipe I selected as a basis is from the Forme of Cury, # 136, as transcribed in Curye on Inglysch, p. 129. Modern version by Mathilde Eschenbach.
ORIGINAL: An Ordinance of Pottage, #86. Perys in confyte. Take hony; boyle hit a lytill. Do theryn sigure, poudyr of galentyn & clovis, brucet anneyce, safron, & saundris, & cast theryn the peris, sodyn & paryd & cutt in pecys, & wyn & venyger. Sesyn hit up with poudyr of canell so that hit be broun ynow. Make quenches in the same maner, al but venyger; & put therto clovys & macys, and yf thu will, take datys mynsed, & do therto; & colour hit with safron.
Forme of Cury, # 136. Peeres in confyt. Take peeres and pare hem clene. Take gode rede wune & mulberies, ožer saundres, and seež že peeres žerin, & whan žei buth ysode take hem vp. Make a syryp of wyne greke, ožer vernage, with blaunche powdur, ožer white sugur and powdour gynger, & do the peres žerin. Seež it a lytel & messe it forth.
INGREDIENTS: DIRECTIONS:
  1. Simmer honey, wine, vinegar, ginger and sandalwood together until reduced.
  2. Stir in cinnamon and dates.
  3. Serve cold.

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