Pear & apple postej

A spicy pear & apple pie spiced with medieval spices and dotted with figs and raisins.

The recipe I based this on is from Forme of Cury from circa 1390:

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.1

Or in understandable readable english: “Take good apples and good spices, figs, raisins, and pears, and when they are well ground up, color with saffron, put it in a pie crust, and bake.”2

If you need a recipe for  Powder douce you can find it at

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 50m


  • 1 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 60 milliliters raisins
  • 60 milliliters dried figs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon powder douce
  • pie crust


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
  2. Core the apple and pears and cut them into pieces. Cut the figs as well.
  3. Mix fruit, spices, and butter in a bowl until well combined.
  4. Place filling in a pie crust. I used a 20 cm form.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. Keep an eye on it.

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