Brandied Friendship Fruit to Share
Summer is a perfect time to invite friends to garden parties. If you are a gardener, it is a time to share the fruit of your labor. My typical menu includes vegetables and fruit from our garden, homemade wine from our cellar, and for dessert, Friendship Fruit over ice-cream.
I started my jar of Friendship Fruit today. In a few weeks it will be ready to share. Friendship Fruit or Bandied Fruit is a lovely way to share your garden’s bounty with others. Put the fruit in a nice jar. Prepare a card with instructions as to how to keep the Friendship Fruit going and suggest that your friends pass on the fruit to friends and family. You could even include a recipe for Friendship Fruit Cake.
1 cup of Friendship Fruit Starter
6 cups of mixed fruit (fresh or canned)
2 cups sugar
A wide mouth gallon jar
Put the starter into a wide mouth gallon jar. Add 6 cups of fruit and 2 cups of sugar, stir, cover with a cloth, secured with a rubber band. Leave on your kitchen counter and stir daily. In two weeks the fermentation will slow down. At this point add another 2 cups of fruit and 1/2 cup of sugar to keep it fermenting. Repeat every two weeks. In 30 days the fruit is ready to use. When you use some of the fruit, replace it with more fruit and sugar. If you choose to stop the fermentation you can store the fruit in the refrigerator or heat process it. See link for Brandied Fruit Starter.
Old Fashion Friendship Fruit Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups Friendship Fruit with juice
1 cup chopped nuts
¼ teaspoon salt
Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Pour wet into dry and mix with a fork. Pour into a greased cake pan. Bake at 375F (190C) for 30 minutes until cake springs back when lightly touched. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing from pan.