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Brandy Fruit Sauce

Brandy Fruit Sauce
A classic recipe to create and cultivate your own authentic brandy sauce.

Brandy Fruit Sauce…Yum!

20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained

14-16 oz can peach slices, drained

14-16 oz can apricot halves, drained & quartered

10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained, no stems

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups brandy (regular or fruit flavored

1. Combine all ingredients in a large, clean jar with a loose fitting lid. Stir gently with a wooden or plastic spoon.

2. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 weeks, stirring at least twice a week. Do not cover tightly. Safety note: As the fermentation process produces gas, it needs to escape or jar will explode.

3. At this point, you can serve the sauce over ice cream, sherbet, pound cake or angel food cake for a regal dessert, or “feed” the jar as shown below. To keep the starter jar going, maintain at least 3 cups of it in jar at all times. Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Feed the Jar: Once every 2 weeks, stir in 1 cup sugar and one 14-16 oz. can of pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, sliced and quartered apricots OR maraschino cherries (10 oz. jar), well drained*. Stir gently. Cover and let stand for at least 3 days before using. Stir daily.

*Add a different fruit every two weeks to maintain a balanced mix. You should not have to add more brandy. You can delay feeding for a day or two, but you should not feed more often than every two weeks.

Share the Jar: Whenever you have more than 6 cups of fermented fruit, you may divide it into two portions of at least 3 cups each into 2 large clean jars. Do this just before a normal feeding, then go ahead and feed each portion. Give one portion to a friend with feeding instructions and keep the other.

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Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce
Old fashioned favorite…delicious served warm!
Serves 9.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening such as Crisco
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses, not blackstrap which is too strong
1/2 cup boiling water

1.  Grease and lightly flour an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ square baking pan. Sift together the first 6 ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat shortening on medium speed with an electric mixer for about 1 minute.

2.  Add brown sugar to shortening and beat 1-2 minutes til fluffy. Add egg and molasses; beat 1 minute. Add dry ingredients and boiling water alternately to sugar mixture, beating after each addition.

3.  Turn batter into prepared baking pan. Bake in middle of oven in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until cake is done. (Tip: If baking in a glass pan, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees.) Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and serve warm or cold with lemon sauce**, apple sauce, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

** See Lemon Sauce recipe below.

Lemon Sauce
Makes 2 cups.

1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups water
4 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp.  grated lemon rind, optional
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp.  salt

1.  Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan (1-2 quart size) and stir constantly over medium-low heat.

2.  After sauce thickens, approximately 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in remaining 4 ingredients.  Spoon over individual servings of gingerbread and serve.

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