X is for … Raspberry & Peach Liqueur White Christmas Fruit Cake

X is for … Raspberry & Peach Liqueur White Christmas Fruit Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Since it is now officially autumn yet the weather is quite nice here still, I thought it would be the perfect time to start soaking my Christmas fruits and do a dry run of a fruitcake as this is all new to me.

Yield/Serving: 10 – 12 slices – 12” x 5” pan
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 3hr & 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup of glace fruit ( papaya, red cherries, green cherries, pineapple, orange peel, cherries, lemon peel)
• 1/8 cup golden raisins
• 1/8 cup dried currants
• 1/8 cup dried cranberries
• 1/8 cup dried apricots
• 1/8 cups dried dates
• 1/8 cups dried prunes
• Any other glace or dried fruits you desire to total 2 cups of fruit
• Slivered almonds
• Hazelnuts, chopped
• Pinenuts
• Peanuts, chopped
• Walnuts, chopped
• Pecans; chopped
• Any other nuts like pistachios if desired
• ¼ cup raspberry liqueur
• ¼ cup peach liqueur
• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
• ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
• 5 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp liquor mixture

Assembly
Prior to bake day
1. Using a container with a cover add in all the glace, dried fruits, and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan pour granulated sugar over low heat without stirring and let the sugar melt.
3. Once sugar starts melting start stirring immediately until the colour changes to a golden brown/.
4. Add in raspberry and peach liqueur and pour over the glace and dried fruits.
5. Stir daily and every time you remember or pass by the container and mix up the glace and dried fruits.
6. As the liquid is absorbed feel free to add more alcohol if desired.
Bake day
7. Preheat oven to 300°F.
8. Grease a pan and line with parchment paper and set aside.
9. Using an electric mixture with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until combined.
10. Add the eggs in one at a time followed by the flour until well mixed.
11. Pour the glace, fruit and nuts and combine by hand.
12. Spead mixture into pan and bake for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
13. Brush the top of the cake every 30 minutes with liqueur mixture.
14. Cover with foil and let cool in pan overnight.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I didn’t realize I would be babysitting this fuitcake for over 3 hours. Is this the normal baking time of fruitcake because that seem ridiculous to me lol. I had some leftover liquer and though this would be a good way to get rid of a bottle. This tasted great with the mix of nuts and fruits. I will be trying this again in a few days to see if the flavour changes any as fruits cakes are meant to have a longer shelf life.

A Summer Sangria Two Ways

Summer Sangria Two Ways - Candy Coated Culinista

Summer Sangria Two Ways – Candy Coated Culinista

A summer sangria … yes please.

Yield/Serving: about 2 litres
Prep Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 kiwis, peeled & sliced
• 1 bosc pear, sliced
• 1 royal gala apple, sliced into wedges
• 1 royal golden delicious, sliced into wedges
• Handful of strawberries
• Handful of blueberries
• Handful of raspberries
• 1 ½ cup red wine
• ¼ cup dark rum
• ¼ cup tequila
• Juice from 1 orange
• 1 can (355 ml) of Limonata San Pellegrino
• 2 tbsp Grand Marnier, or any orange – liquor
• ¾ cup water
• ¼ cup granulated sugar

Assembly
Sangria1. Prepare and place all the fruits in a pitcher.
2. Pour in all the liquids.
3. Add sugar and stir and crush the fruits a little.
4. Let sit overnight in the fridge and serve in a glass over ice.

Sangria Slush
1. Add 6-8 ice cubes and pour one glass of sangria into the blender and blend.
Decorate with a lemon wheel and a lime wedge.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
A refreshing summer drink that goes perfectly sitting outside and enjoying those warm temperatures; served up with some Mexican food or anything barbecued.

Ancient Grain Breakfast

Ancient Grain Breakfast - Candy Coated Culinista

Ancient Grain Breakfast – Candy Coated Culinista

The journey the put more gluten-free and ancient grains into my diet continues. I bought this book after I made my bulgur wheat and black lentil salad, only to find this pairing in this book also I love when I think like the cookbook, it means I am on the right path and my food pairing process is true. I usually have smoothies for breakfast or toast or cereal, but I wanted to mix up my breakfast routine.

Altered from Grain Power

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 15-20 min, then overnight in fridge
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup mason jar
• 2 tbsp steel-cut oats
• 1 tbsp amaranth seeds
• 1 tbsp red quinoa
• 1 ½ tbsp sultan raisins
• 1 tsp chia seeds
• Cinnamon, pinch
• ¾ cup boiling water
• 2 tbsp milk
• 1 tsp pure maple syrup
• 1 tbsp walnuts
• 1 tbsp, dried apricots
• 3 raspberries
• 3 blackberries
• 5 blueberries

Assembly
1. Pour oats, amaranth seeds, red quinoa, raisins, chia seeds and cinnamon into a mason jar.
2. Fill with boiling water.
3. Screw on lid and shake and let set for 15 to 20 minutes on the counter.
4. Shake again and place in fridge for 7 or more hours.
5. In the morning remove from the fridge and reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan until warmed.
6. Stir in milk to your desired consistency, maple syrup and sprinkle with walnuts, apricots and fruit.

Tips
• Ensure mason jar has a little more space, then you can add the nuts, and fruit to the jar in the morning and enjoy your breakfast at work.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This smelt great making this before bed. It took no time at all and I was hoping for great results in the morning. When I warmed it up it tasted good, I just have to get used all these grains. I was expecting it to taste like oatmeal with a twist, but I will put in more oats if I want it to be more like the traditional oatmeal. Over time I will learn to love this with some more tweaking.

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