Recipes tagged with: fruit

    Fresh Apricot Jam

    Fresh Apricot Jam

    The pretty pink, freckled, French apricots, when they arrive in the early summer are the best for making this jam. Make sure that they are not over ripe and that they are still slightly firm to the touch (not hard and not squashy). The addition of one or two of the kernels also gives a disitinctive almond like flavour to the jam, if you fancy cracking a couple of the stones and putting them in. This recipe will make about 5 x 1lb jars.

    • Time: allow at least an hour
    • Complexity: medium

    Quincemeat

    Quincemeat

    This recipe is inspired by Nigella and an old Frances Bissell recipe. I have based it on my own traditional Christmas mincemeat recipe which I make every October, the recipe being handed down through my family. The ratio of quinces versus the usual cooking apples is greater in this adaption and so the storing time may be reduced. I keep my quincemeat in the fridge but a cool larder would do. I have a test jar in my pantry so will report back at some stage on its' keeping quality. This recipe will make about 4 kg and is best made in a mincer if you have one. If not a food processor will do, but go steady and don't over process or you will have pulpmeat.

    • Time: 40 minutes
    • Complexity: medium

    Raspberry Shrub (Drinking Vinegar)

    Raspberry Shrub (Drinking Vinegar)

    Drinking Vinegars, or Shrubs as they are also known are not new, but becoming popular again. Created since the 17th Century as a method to preserve fruit in vinegar, then sweetened with sugar to make a syrup to mix with soda, hot or cold water, or as a base for a cocktail. Try adding some crushed sweet cicely seeds to the strained liquid and sugar for a hint of aniseed.

     

    • Time: 48 hrs to macerate and then 30 mins to make and bottle
    • Complexity: medium

    Vanilla and Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake

    Vanilla and Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake

    A very easy cheesecake recipe. Try adding lime or lemon to the mixture instead of orange. Top with any fruit of your choice or eat it as it is.

    • Time: 30 minutes plus chilling time
    • Complexity: easy