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    Take and make a crust in a trap & take cruddes and wryng out þe wheyze and drawe hem þurgh a straynour and put hit in þe crust. Do þerto sugar the þridde part, & somdel whyte of ayren, & shake þerin blomes of elren; & bake it vp with eurose, & messe it forth.

    Hieatt, Constance B. and Sharon Butler. Curye on Inglish: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth-Century (Including the Forme of Cury). New York: for The Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, 1985.



    * 1 nine-inch pie shell
    * 2 Tbs. heavy cream
    * 2 Tbs. dried elderflowers
    * 3/4 lb. cottage cheese
    * 3/4 lb. ricotta cheese
    * 3 eggs
    * ¼ lb. butter
    * 1/3 cup sugar
    * ¼ tsp. cloves
    * ¼ tsp. mace
    * 1 Tbs. rosewater (optional)

    Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. (A food processor or immersion blender will do the job nicely.) Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until filling has set and the crust is a golden brown. Let cool and serve.


    I made a few changes to the recipe printed above. There are neither elderflowers nor rosewater in my version; I wanted something spicier. Instead of the cloves and mace, I used 2 tsps of Chinese Five Spice powder. This gave me something with a bit more bite, as well as creating a pleasant aroma.

    The crumble topping is actually toasted almonds. I have a large quantity of ground almonds from making the almond milk for the Bruet Saracenes. I hate to waste, so while the pies were baking I spread the ground damp almonds on a sheet and placed them on the top rack of the oven.

    Also, the recipe given makes two nine inch pies.

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