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You Asked For It: Brandied Fruit Starter

In the '70s there was a recipe in the Times for brandied fruit that used canned fruit and yeast. Does anyone have this recipe to share?

Sheila Altobello, Clearwater

If you are making this brandied fruit starter, sent in by Jeanette Williams of Seminole, you need to plan ahead. It must sit on your counter for 3 weeks. Jeanette's version does not have yeast like Sheila remembers, but this is a vintage recipe. The sizes of fruit cans have changed over the years, but I don't think it makes that much of a difference. The only suggestion I have is to add the cherries when ready to serve. They will not have the brandy taste, but the cherries turn all the other fruit red. Rinsing them before adding them could help. I thought that soaking the fruit for such a long period of time would alter the texture, but that's not the case. Jeanette's recipe also suggests using apricot or peach brandy in place of the plain brandy. Serve the fruit over pound cake or ice cream. Starters of any kind are always a nice gift.

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>>Easy

Brandied Fruit Starter

1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained

1 (15-ounce) can sliced peaches, drained

1 (15-ounce) can apricot halves, drained

1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained

1 ¼ cups sugar

1 ¼ cups brandy

Combine all ingredients in a clean, nonmetal bowl; stir gently. Cover tightly and let stand at room temperature 3 weeks, stirring fruit twice a week. Serve fruit over ice cream or pound cake, reserving at least 1 cup starter at all times.

To replenish starter, add 1 cup sugar and one of the first 4 ingredients, stirring gently. Make this addition every 2 weeks, alternating fruit each time. Cover tightly and let stand at room temperature for 3 days before using.

Makes 6 cups.

Submitted by Jeanette Williams of Seminole

You Asked For It: Brandied Fruit Starter 11/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:30am]
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