You know the rush, right? Christmas is just around the corner, and soon we will remember how many things are still not ready. I am rereading Slater’s “Christmas Chronicles” again this year and I just adore how he is writing about winter and holiday preparation time. He is also a great source of inspiration. I think for the first time in my life I will actually be sending Christmas cards. Call me old, it is official.
The book however might be a good gift idea if you have someone who loves a books written in a beautiful English, with aplenty of recipes, winter traditions and just general thought about winter time. I will be preparing a short guide to presents for those who love to cook and also for those who want to offer a bit of Vienna to their friends and relatives. About the gifts though… Maybe it is worth thinking a bit longer about them this year? Trying to be more conscious rather than buying for the sake of buying. Maybe we all don’t need yet another pair of socks or a face mask. Don’t get me wrong, I love my socks, but for those who are looking for something else, this might be an idea. Or if you are not sure, maybe make it a gift for yourself? I can guarantee that the smell of brandy infused with apricots is to die for. The preparation takes 5 minutes. After the mixture boils inhale and smile, nothing else matters in that moment.
As for the wine. Again, I really don’t like the sweet white wine, but this is the sort one should use in that case. As a chosen Wienerin (hihi), I will of course try to persuade you to use a good Gewürztraminer. In the same time, you can listen to one too during the preparation. I am fairly sure they will put you in a good mood.
- 500g dried apricots
- 1 bio orange
- 4 anise stars
- 300ml brandy
- 150g sugar
- 250ml sweet white wine
- Put the apricots into a stainless steel pot. With a vegetable peeler slice thin strips of orange zest and drop them into the pot. Add the anise, brandy and sugar. Put on medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir gently until the sugar dissolves.
- Sterilise a preserving jar (or a couple of small ones).
- Spoon the apricots and the anise into the jar, then pour in the liquor. Top up with the wine. Close and put in a dark, cool place for a solid two weeks, ideally more.
- Then you both eat the apricots and drink the liquor.