Thursday, 6 September 2012
I first drank this brandy last Christmas at a neighbour's house. We had all picked the blackberries together earlier in the year, and while we'd scoffed ours, they had cunningly soaked theirs in brandy ready for some Christmas cheer.
Obviously as soon as we realised there were alcohol-sodden berries available we all invited ourselves round. Prosecco with the berries at the bottom of the glass was offered and later we had nips of the brandy too - if only all neighbours were so welcoming!
So if there are still some berries round your way, pick them quick, and forget about crumble, compote and the kids. Stick them in some brandy and congratulate yourself on this early investment in a Merry Christmas!
Fill a glass bottle two thirds full of blackberries (do this on the scales so you can see how much the fruit weighs).
Fill the bottle with as much brandy as you can/want. Cheap brandy is fine, although I've been told Sainsbury's own is better than what the corner shop sells, that Napolean stuff.
Add 3oz (85g) of sugar to every 1lb (450g) of fruit. Give it the occasional shake.
Then wait. Ideally till Christmas. If not, have a very merry October!
Posted by Claire Mcdonald at 09:13