Historical Orchard Recipes

Essex Pudding‘, made by me from Eliza Acton’s 1845 recipe, in August 2021

I’m intrigued by historical orchard recipes and the preservation methods that previous generations applied to surplus fruit. I’m posting the more interesting, unusual and/or easily re-creatable ones that I come across here on Orchard Notes.

If you know of any interesting sources for recipes that use orchard fruits – the more historical the better – please do let me know.

Likewise, if you decide to try out any of the recipes below, please do send me an email with a description of your methods and results – the more photos the better, I’d really love to see them – or just leave a comment on the relevant orchard recipe post.

Historical Orchard Recipes Here on Orchard Notes

Click on the name of the recipe for details

c.1390 – Comadore – Anon, from The Forme of Cury
c.1440 – Apple Muse and Apple Moyle | Fygeye | Quynade – Anon, from The Austin Manuscripts
late C15th – (Apple) Fryturs – Anon, from Gentle manly Cokere
c.1550 – Applemoyse – Anon, from A Proper New Booke of Cokerye
1591 – Apple Pomages – A. W.
1594 – Apple Pescods – Thomas Dawson
1615 – Apple Pufs – John Morrell
1669 – Marmulate of Pippins – Sir Kenelm Digby
1701 – Paste of Plumbs – ‘A Lady’
1708 – Black Caps | Pippin Tansey – Henry Howard
1729 – Apple Fritters – Eliza Smith
1732 – Verjuice – J. S. via Richard Bradley
1737 – Codlin or Pippin Jelly – M. L. Lemery
1742 – Welch Apple Pye | Pickling Codlins Like Mangoe – Mrs Eales(?)
1755 – Quiddany of Pippins – Elizabeth Clelland
1759 – Apple Fritters a la Bavarre – William Verral
1784 – Plumb Porridge – Elizabeth Moxon
1769 – Green Caps – Elizabeth Raffald
1770 – Pumkin and Spiced Apples – William Hanbury
1796 – Flummery (two ways) – Susannah Carter
1802 – Pippins With Rice – John Mollard
1838 – Gooseberry or Apple Fool – Esther Copley
1845 – Essex Pudding – Eliza Acton (and cooked by me)
1854 – Raisiné Composé – J. C. Loudon
1865 – Pommes à la Vésuve | Apple Chocolate – Georgiana Hill
1868 – Apple Pudding – Anon, from Four Hundred Household Recipes
1890 – Apple Bavaroise – Theodore Francis Garrett

Historical Cookery and Recipe Sources