According to Shakespeare, "brevity is the soul of wit". That being said, I fear this post may be rather long on the brevity (is that really possible), and short on the wit.
The long and short of it is that this has been a week that really got away from me, and if I don't get this post out in the space of a very short lunch break today, it isn't going to happen.
So getting straight to the point, this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs, where we continue our journey with the gorgeous Diana Henry, we are creating Gifts From the Heart. With Christmas just around the corner, it's a great opportunity to explore some of those edible gifts that we cooks like to give to family and friends over the holiday season.
I knew I would find something in my copy of "Salt Sugar Smoke" - in fact I found many things which will make wonderful festive gifts, but I decided that nothing could be as simple to make, nor impressive to receive as a jar of these Boozy Peaches.
Diana's original recipe uses apricots soaked in muscat, but I used what I had - a bag of dried peaches and a bottle of dessert wine. Really the variables are limitless. It's just dried fruit packed into a sterilised jar, covered with booze, and then left in a cool, dark place for the fruit to plump up in the alcohol. According to Diana, these will keep for a very long time, though I defy you to actually do that, and are just perfect for an instant and luxurious dessert. I'm thinking that chilling these before using them would be a nice touch, and a couple of these with a generous dollop of thick Greek yoghurt would be heavenly.
Not sure yet who is going to be the lucky recipient of this jar as a Christmas prezzie, but I'm willing to take offers.
Boozy Peaches (Peaches in Sticky Wine) Recipe
Ever so slightly adapted from recipe by Diana Henry
from Salt Sugar Smoke
Take a large sterilised jar
Fill jar to approximately 2/3 full with dried peaches
(apricots, plums or pears would all be good alternatives)
Add one bottle of a sticky dessert wine
Ensure that you have left enough room in the jar for the fruit to plump up. After a few days add more wine if all the fruit is no longer covered.
Store in a cool, dark place until you are ready to use.
If you would like to get to know Diana Henry a little better, and to see what everyone else has cooked up this week, then do go and visit my friends at I Heart Cooking Clubs and check out the links (who knows, you might even want to join the journey and cook along with us) ...