Powder Fort

Powder fort is a strong spice mix used primary in medieval meat dishes. Like all medieval spice mixes powder fort has many different recipes, here are a few. I have modified them to fit modern European measurements. I have found that it works quite well in fruit pies as well.

Powdour Fort – Middelalder mad1 – the version I use – recipe below

  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp black or white pepper
  • 1 tbsp galangal

Libro di cucina2

  • 28 g pepper
  • 28 g cinnamon
  • 28 g ginger
  • 3,5 g cloves (1 tsp)
  • 7 g saffron

Euriol’s version3

  • 60 ml powdered ginger
  • 60 ml long pepper, ground
  • 60 ml cinnamon (Ceylon), ground
  • 1½ tsp. cloves, ground
  • 60 m black pepper, ground

For all of them you just mix the spices (after grounding them if needed) and put it in a jar. Store it dark and dry and use when needed.

Powdour Fort

A medieval spice mix, used in the savoury kitchen
Course Kitchen stables, Spice mix
Cuisine Historical cooking, Medieval, Renaissance
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon cloves ground
  • 1 tablespoon ginger ground
  • 1 tablespoon black or white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon galangal ground


  1. Measure the spices out and mix them together
  2. Store in a dark place and it will keep for months.

Recipe Notes

Source: Middelalder mad af Bi Skaarup og Henrik Jacobsen s. 135

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