Vegetarian Fruit Cold
Accompaniment Conserve Preserve
Prepare the jars (see notes below). Use smaller jars.
Prick the whole, unstoned cherries all over with a large needle and set aside.
Place half the sugar in a saucepan together with 300ml/10 fl.oz. Water.
Dissolve the sugar, stirring, over a medium heat and continue to cook for a few
Add the cherries, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10
Remove the heat from the pan and drain the cherries, reserving the cooking
syrup. Discard the cinnamon stick. Allow the cherries to cool.
Add the remaining sugar to the reserved syrup in a saucepan then heat slowly,
stirring, to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and continue to boil for 2
Remove from the heat , transfer to a heatproof measuring jug and allow to cool.
Add an equal quantity of brandy to the cooled syrup and mix well.
Fill the jars with the cherries to within 2.5cm/1 inch of the tops then top with
the brandy syrup to within 1cm/1/2 inch of the top.
Cover, seal and label (see notes below).
See also General
jars which are free from cracks, chips or flaws. Prepare the jars by washing well in warm soapy water and rinsing
thoroughly. Dry the jars in a cool oven (140C, 275F, Gas Mark 1).
Fill whilst still warm.
the jars – Fill
with the fruit to within 2.5cm/1 inch of the top. Pour over the preserving
alcohol etc., to within 1cm/ ½ inch of the top, making sure the fruit are completely covered with the liquid.
a waxed disc (wax side down), Immediately
place a cellophane disc over the top then cover with a screw top lid.
Storage – Store
in a cool dark place for 1 month.