Connat (recipe)

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Period Recipe

From the Forme of Cury.



  • Connat seems to be a kind of marmalade of connes, or quinces, from Fr. Coing. Chaucer, v. Coines. Written quinces No. 30.
  • Yolkes, i. e. of Eggs.
  • yleesshed. V. Gloss.

Modern Recipe

Quince1.jpg Serves 6



  1. Quarter, pare and peel the quinces. Slice and put in a saucepan. The recipe doesn't state this, but I added just a bit of water so that the quince would not stick to the bottom of the pan when gently simmering (as one does for applesauce).
  2. Simmer the fruit until it mushes (use a potato masher to get a nice smooth paste).
  3. Add the sugar and cook down until thick.
  4. Combine the 1/4 cup almond milk, 2 beaten egg yolks, and spices and add to the quince mix. Stir to combine, put back on low heat for 3-5 minutes (don't let the egg yolk curdle) while stirring often. Serve warm or cold.

Note: when we trialled this recipe, we did it for a person who is allergic to honey and so substituted sugar.

Gwir verch Madog.


The historical version of this recipe was taken from the Project Gutenberg e-text of the Forme of Cury.