Tart of Prunes

This is a wonderful fruit tart with a nice flavor of red wine.


Country: England
Century: 16th



  • 12 oz prunes
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • pie crust

Cook the prunes in wine for about an hour (or until the prunes have plumped and the wine is syrupy). Put prunes though a colander with egg yolks ,to remove skins (it may be necessary to also use cheesecloth to collect all the fruit pulp). Add sugar and pour into pie crust. Bake at 350°F for 45-60 minutes (until pie has thickened in the center).


Original Recipe Sources

Source [ A Proper Newe Booke of Cokerye, C.F. Frere (ed.), T. Gloning (transcr.)]: To make a tarte of Prunes. Take prunes and set them upon a chafer wyth a little red wyne and putte therto a manshet and let them boyle together, then drawe them thorowe a streyner with the yolkes of foure egges and season it up wyth suger and so bake it.

Source [The Good Housewife's Jewell, T. Dawson]: To make a Tarte of Prunes. Put your Prunes into a pot, and put in red wine or claret wine, and a little faire water, and stirre them now and then, and when they be boyled enough, put them into a bowle, and straine them with sugar, synamon and ginger.


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