Famous Favorite Desserts Pope Pius V's Baked Quince Recipe

About the favorite desert of Pope Pius the fifth, history and recipe of the baked quince.

FAVORITE DESSERTS OF 5 CELEBRATED PEOPLE

Pope Pius V was head of the Roman Catholic Church during the Renaissance. Cooking Secrets of Pope Pius V appeared in 1570, the most important and elaborate of the Renaissance cook-books. No meal was complete without fruit; a favorite fruit of the pope was the quince.

POPE PIUS V'S BAKED QUINCES

Wrap whole quinces in buttered paper and bury in hot ashes for most of the day. Serve hot or cold as a side dish with roast beef, pork, or fowl or as a dessert.

Author Bartolomeo Scappi also put many helpful hints into the pope's cookbook, such as separating the kitchen from the main house to guard against poisoners.

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