original text from about A.D. 1390
Peers in Confyt
—Take peeres and pare hem clene. take gode rede wyne & mulberes oþer saundres and seeþ þe peeres þerin & whan þei buth ysode, take hem up, make a syryp of wyne greke. oþer vernage with blaunche powdour oþer white sugur and powdour gyngur & do the peres þerin. seeþ it a lytel & messe it forth.
Pears in Confit
—Take pears and pare them clean. Take good red wine and mulberries or saunders (both being for red food colour) and cool them in this and when they are cooked enough, take them out. Make a syrup of Greek wine or Vernage (possibly a sweet Italian wine) with white powder (a sweet powder with ginger) or white sugar and powdered ginger and put the pears in this. Cook it a little while and serve it forth.