Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Crab apple jelly

-Cut the crab apples in half and put them in a pan.
-Just cover with water and add a stick of Cinnamon and a couple of cloves.
-cook out till apples are completely soft. Then pass through a muslin cloth.
-for every pint of strained juice add 1 lb of sugar.
-Put this back on the stove for between 8-12 mins at a rolling boil.
-remember to skim any foam.
- put in jars and enjoy with cheese or charcuterie

Friday, 2 October 2009

liquor 44 verdict

Tastes great!! The orange and coffee really comes through. And not as harsh as the Eau de vie alone. I shall be trying this again in the future maybe with a little less sugar. In the mean time I have just made my second batch of sloe gin recipe as follows:


1 ltr average quality gin
1 ltr sloe berries ( pricked with a thorn from the blackthorn bush, or a needle, or you can freeze them to split them)
300g sugar

mix the 3 ingredients together and give them a little shake every week.
after 3-4 months strain them. Sloe gin is best consumed 6 months to a year later.
So mine will be ready next december.

Time to find some storage space.