I make several variations to the same basic recipe adding alcohol to some but not all. I also use different variations of dried fruit to suit individual taste. Nuts are added to some but not all again to suit individual taste.
1 Kg of dried fruit such as sultanas/currants/raisons/cranberries
450g apples (I prefer Bramley) cored and chopped small
225g shredded suet
225g whole candied peel finely chopped
350g soft dark brown sugar
the grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
the grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
4 teaspoons of mixed ground spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons of alcohol such as brandy/port
50g chopped nuts
All you do is mix all the ingredients together with the exception of the alcohol in a large ovenproof mixing bowl. This is why it is fun to include the children as it needs to be mixed and stirred thoroughly.
Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave overnight so that the flavours combine and marinate together.
Place some foil over the bowl and place in the oven for 3 hours on a very low heat of 120 degree C. Then leave to cool stirring occasionally. Once cold add the alcohol and once again give it a good stir and then pack into sterilised jars.
I then like to add a fabric circle and some form of embellishment. Not forgetting to label the contents.
I made the embellishment using cinnamon sticks tied together with some natural jute twine and added a little bird. Looks good in the kitchen or makes a wonderful gift. I hope that you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do.
See you soon.