One of my pet peeves in normal Fruitmince is the presence of mixed peel or to put in another way, the presence of poor quality mixed peel. Hard, flavourless squares of nondescript citrus that are impossible to digest. So I've taking to making my own and making a rather more luxurious version of the old favourite.
The replacement for mixed peel comes in the form of glacé fruits
Starting from the top and going clockwise, we have Glacé Orange Slices, Cedro, Whole Glacé Mandarin, Glacé Peaches, Glacé Pears, Glacé Apricots, Angelica and in the centre, Glacé Figs.
Of these, the two less common are Angelica and Cedro.
Angelica is the candied stem of the Angelica plant
Cedro is candied Citron - a species of citrus fruit, popular in Mediterranean cooking.
The recipe that follows for fruitmince is really a guide and it can be made to suit your own particular tastes.
[Makes a fair bit!]
250 grams currants
250 grams raisins
250 grams sultanas
125 grams slivered almonds
220 grams brown sugar
100 grams/5 slices glacé orange slices
50 grams/2 glacé apricots
75 grams/2 glacé pears
75 grams/2 glacé peaches
70 grams/2 glacé figs
35 grams/1 whole glacé mandarin
30 grams Angelica
30 grams Cedro
2 oranges, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup Frangelico
½ cup Vecchia Romagna Brandy
First off you need to have a large bowl that will take all these ingredients.
All the glacé fruits need to be finely sliced so I would recommend doing this first before continuing with the recipe. It means your hands need only get sticky once. Once this is done you can put assemble the fruitmince.
Place the sugar in the bowl followed by the currants, sultanas and raisins. Give it a brief stir to break up the sugar.
Add the nuts and stir again.
Add the sliced glacé fruits, and stir through again.
Sprinkle over with the grated zest, cinnamon and nutmeg followed by the orange juice and liqueurs. Give it a good stir making sure that the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Next day, give it a taste, you might need to add a little more alcohol or juice or a little more spice if so desired.
Later on in the week I'll be posting one of the things that I use this for.