Fen grapes, marish worts, mosse-berries, moore-berries, fenberries, bearberries, croneberry, cramberries…..how many nick names can one little bouncing berry have?
Whatever else they’ve been called, they’re all still cranberries. In 1672 John Josslyn suggests:
“Some make Tarts with them as with Goose Berries.”
Cranberry Tart – Precedence and Persistence
“Tartes of Gooseberries.
Lay your gooseberries in your crust, and put to them cinnamon and ginger,
sugar and a few small raisins put among them and cover them with a
– A Booke of Cookery with the Serving of the Table; A.W.; 1591;
Berries, cinnamon, ginger, sugar and small raisins between pastry. Bake is implied. Easy.
And somewhat familiar…..
CRANBERRY – RAISIN PIE
3 C raw cranberries
1 C raisins
1 ¼ C sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
¼ tsp salt
¾ C water
1 ½ tsp vanilla*
Pastry for a 2 crust 9 inch
Put the cranberries and raisins through food grinder.Place in saucepan and add all ingredients except vanilla.Cook over low heat until thick, and cranberries are cooked. Add vanilla and place in pie shell. Bake until crust is done. Dots of butter and nutmeats may be added on
– Florence H. Angley. A Book of Favorite Recipes. complied by the Ladies Solidarity of St. Joseph the Worker Church Hanson, Mass..1968. p. 52.
This is sometimes called Mock Cherry Pie.