Emplumeus--in More Modern Terms

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From my newly-released Food and Feast, (available on Kindle and in printhere is the modern rendition of Emplumeus.

You will need:

4 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 cups of water
2 cups of blanched almonds, ground well
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
a pinch of saffron
2 teaspoons of rosewater

You will also need: mood music.


  1. Turn on music, get in the medieval mood
  2. Boil the water and add the apple slices
  3. Cook until soft
  4. While cooking, grind the almonds very, very well.  Not just well, but exceedingly so!  Like, if you have 7 boys, have them jump up and down on the almonds, and smash them to smithereens!  If you don't have 7 boys, try a mortar and pestle.
  5. Set the thoroughly, exceedingly well-ground almonds in a bowl.
  6. Strain the liquid from the apples into this bowl, over the almonds.
  7. Steep for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  8. While the almonds steep, chop the softened apples into small pieces
  9. Now, pour this almond liquid back through a fine sieve (because so-so will just not do), into the softened and chopped apples.
  10. Add sugar, salt, saffron, and rosewater, and simmer until thick

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