Within the Culinary Group, I’m known for my apple-based recipes. Sola (who was a beloved member of the group until she moved away) and her son call me “the apple lady.” I’m not really sure when it became a thing, but for the first six months or so of our meetings, I pretty much just made variations on apple pie.
My favourite period recipe for apple pie is Tartys in Applis. This beautiful, simple and delicious recipe for a tart-like apple pie comes from Forme of Cury, which is also my favourite period cookbook:
“For To Make Tartys In Applis. Tak gode Applys and gode Spycis and Figys and reysons and Perys and wan they are wel ybrayed colourd wyth Safroun wel and do yt in a cofyn and do yt forth to bake wel.”
Play with this recipe and it will be kind to you. It’s one of those great flavour combinations which always seem to work out just fine. I feel like all SCA cooks should have a go-to apple pie recipe, since it seems like somebody always wants one!
Tartys in Applis (Alice’s Saucy Tart)
2 T sugar
1 9″ pie crust (I’m much too lazy to make my own, but any basic short pastry is fine)