I have translated this from The English Huswife by Gervase Markham 1615 AD. It's unusual in that before this time pies were almost always made with a single crust while this one has two. Often a two crusted pie was called a coffin in that time period. Rosewater can be found in most healthfood stores or Middle Eastern groceries in the US.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine wine and 1 cup sugar in large heavy pot over medium heat.
- Stir until sugar dissolved.
- Add cinnamon and cloves.
- Peel pears, cut in half from top to bottom and remove core.
- Add pears to wine mixture and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until pears are just tender.
- Remove pears from syrup.
- Turn up heat on wine and bring to a rolling boil.
- Place bottom crust into pie pan.
- Top with sliced pears.
- Sprinkle pears with ¼ Cup sugar.
- Remove spices from wine syrup.
- Add 1 Tsp rose water to wine syrup mix well.
- Take 1/3 C of wine syrup and pour over pears.
- Place top crust on pie sealing edges by folding crust over edge of the bottom crust and pressing.
- Cut vent hole into center of pie and place pie on center rack in oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven.
- Melt 1 Tbsp butter and ½ tsp rose water then brush this mixture on top of pie.
- Sprinkle with tablespoon of sugar and return to oven.
- Bake for another 20 minutes or until pie is golden brown.
I've looked at this recipe and have planned to make it probably since the day it posted. Finally, today I prepared the pie and what a treat and adventure. I used d'Anjou pears and a white zinfandel. This crust recipe always works out well and it didn't fail me this time either: Perfect Pie Crust for Double Crust Pie. There was a good amount of liquid left over in the pie pan however. I also would increase the rose water to two tablespoons next time as I could barely detect it in the pie. Baked it in a ten inch cast iron skillet. A few family members thought it was an apple pie. PS It would be extra special to have seen some of the original recipe text in the introduction. ;) Reviewed for Afternoon Tea and Light Suppers February 2010.
This was so delicious! I made it to bring to a friend's house tonight and it was a big hit. Everybody raved over the flavor. Even DH who never eats sugar had a small piece and loved it. This is a real keeper. Also, I added a bit more wine & spice to the syrup and served it hot in a mug like a cider. Also quite tasty. thanks!
My husband planted 4 pear trees and for several years they didn't produce, however this year, we had pears out the wazoo. I stumbled on this recipe while searching for something to do with all of them. Boy was I glad. It was fabulous. My family was so surprised that a pear pie could taste so good! It was the first time any of us had tasted pear pie. I didn't have the rosewater so just brushed the crust with melted butter and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top. Thanks Mysterygirl for translating this wonderful recipe.