Ive moved. Its been huge and Ill write about it another day but at the moment I’m up to my ears in fruit from my orchard so Im making stewed or poached fruit. Stewing fruit brings back lots of childhood memories as it was something I used to sit and watch my grandparents to for hours. I grew up eating stewed fruit for brekkie or dessert when I visited them and I loved it. Now I’m making it from the trees in my orchard on my new little farm and words can’t describe how much it warms my heart.
Its a pretty simple process, peel the fruit, I pick it a little under ripe as I have I find it doesn’t break up as much. Cook it covered in a little water until the fruit softens and then add your sugar, Im pretty frugal with the sugar as I don’t love overly sweet fruit, I also might add some vanilla or some spices but if Im freezing it or giving it to others I keep it fairly plain.
4kg fruit – peaches, plums, pears, apples – peeled
11/2 cups caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
Sterilise your jars
and lids before you start your process. To do this wash them in hot water, then dry them on a baking tray in an oven on low, make sure they are completely clean and dry
Place the fruit into a large heavy based pan, add about 1 cup water cover and cook over low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the fruit is soft, the cooking time will depend on how ripe your fruit is.
Add the sugar and cook for 10 minutes or until the liquid has thickened slightly, keep an eye on it cause you don’t want your fruit to be mushy.