Brandy Fruit

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Author Notes: Most years, in early December, my mother starts making a jar of gin fruit for the holidays. Her recipe is mindlessly simple -- layer your favorite dried fruits with some spices, cover with booze -- so I thought I'd play around with a brandy variation to see which I prefer. My mother pointed out that you may need to replenish the gin or brandy after a day or two, as the fruit soaks up the alcohol. And the fruit is best consumed within a few weeks, before the fruit's sugars begin turning the booze to syrup. I'd suggest passing it alongside a cheese course, spooning it over ice cream or cake (with some of the macerating liquid!), or adding it toward the end of cooking roast pork.Amanda Hesser

Makes about 1 quart

  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup plump prunes
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 8 thin slices ginger
  • 8 long strips clementine peel
  • About 375 ml brandy
  1. In a large bowl, combine the dried fruit.
  2. To a lidded 1-quart glass jar, add 1/4 of the fruit. Add 1/4 of the sugar, star anise, ginger and clementine peel. Repeat 3 more times. Pour over enough brandy to just cover the fruit. Seal the jar with a lid. Let sit for a week before eating.
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5 days ago megabals

I'd like to start this, but I can't decide what booze to use. Which did you prefer - gin or brandy?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

5 days ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Brandy or rum are friendlier -- but I like the character of gin.

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over 2 years ago cohdia

sounds like our Jamaican fruit soak that we use to make Fruit Cake. Awesome...

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over 2 years ago Choirbell

This sounds lovely, I have some different dried fruit left over. I think I'll try this recipe to use them up. Thanks!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

The prunes are my favorite, but I never thought to make it with just them. Really glad you're enjoying it and that you've played around with the recipe. Thanks for your note!

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almost 4 years ago kary

I'm glad you featured this recipe again.

I made a simplified version of it a couple months ago and it has been sooooooo good. But I had forgotten where I got the recipe.

I just used some really fresh soft prunes from the coop, a cinnamon stick and some brandy. I must have put a teeny amount of sugar because I think I was following this roughly. (That's the part I couldn't remember -- whether I had used any sugar.)

WOW! The brandy had turned dark and rich. It was very complex. Rich, rich, rich.

It was going to be for gifts but now I am keeping it for myself.


I put it in a dark place for about 6 weeks and then broke into it. A prune or two and a little bit of the syrup is a nice little before bed treat.

I'm glad to see your note about using it up before too long. I wouldn't have remembered that. I'll definitely be making this again and again.