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Serves 36 serving
Bramley apples, coarsely grated8 Ounces
Suet, shredded4 Ounces
Dried mixed berries4 Ounces
Candied citrus peel, chopped4 Ounces
Soft dark brown sugar6 Ounces
Orange, grated zest and juice1
Lemon, grated zest and juice1
Almond slivers1 Ounce
Allspice, ground2 Teaspoons
Cinnamon, ground1/4 Teaspoon
Nutmeg, ground1/4 Teaspoon
combine all the ingredients except the brandy in a large glass bowl. (note: i didnt have suet so i used crisco instead, and the results were pretty good!)
mix well and cover with a cloth (cheesecloth, teatowels, anything is fine). leave it overnight so the flavours have a chance to meld together well.
preheat the oven to 120 degrees C.
remove the cloth covering and cover the bowl loosely with foil.
place in the oven for a good 3 hours (at least).
remove from the oven. the mixture will look like its positively drowning in fat, and thats exactly what we're after.
let the mixture cool to room temperature. as it is cooling, stir it every 15 minutes or so. what this does is it distributes the fats evenly so that it coats all the ingredients as it cools.
when the mixture has cooled to room temperature, add the brandy and stir well to combine.
store in sterilised glass jars. it can be kept for months in a clean, well sterilised jar in a cool, dark place (no need to refrigerate).
its perfect for gifting too! put it in small artisan jars with metal lids, and tie a festive ribbon around the rim of the bottle.
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