Cherries Stewed in Wine

Source: Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt, a 16th century collection of German recipes

Original Recipe:

Kirschen/ die dürr seinn/ seß zu mit halb Wasser unnd halb Wein/ magst sie kalt oder warm geben.

Translation: (Translated by M. Grasse)

Cherries/ that are dried/ set to (cook? Or soak) with half water and half wine/ (you) may serve them cold or warm.

My Interpretation:

1 pound of dried cherries

1½ cups red wine

1½ cups red wine

Combine cherries, wine and water in a pot and leave to soak overnight. Place pot on stove over a medium heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until cherries are plump and the liquid makes a thin syrup.


Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Transliteration by Thomas Gloning,

Rumpolt Marx Ein New Kochbuch [Online] // Ein New Kochbuch / ed. Grasse M.. - 2002. - February 5, 2009. - - This is a translation of the book first published in 1581 by Marx Rumpolt. It has nearly 1000 recipes.

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