Wassail Punch

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Wassail Ingredients (Serves 15-20):
10 very small apples
1 large orange stuck with whole cloves
10 teaspoons brown sugar
2 bottles dry sherry or dry Madeira
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves
3 allspice berries
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
2 cups castor sugar
12 to 20 pints of cider according to the number of guests
1 cup (or heck, make it two) brandy

Preheat oven to 350°.

Core apples and fill each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Place in a baking pan and cover bottom with 1/8-inch of water.

Insert cloves into the orange about 1/2-inch apart. Put orange in baking pan with apples.

Bake apples and orange for 30 minutes. Remove from oven.

Puncture orange in several places with fork or an ice pick.

In a heavy saucepan combine sherry or Madeira, cider, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon, sugar, apples, orange, juice from bottom of baking pan and heat slowly without letting the mixture come to a boil.

Once completely heated, leave on very low heat until ready to serve.

Strain the mixture into metal punch bowl, add brandy and float the apples and orange on top. Ladle hot into punch cups and enjoy!



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