Happy first day of Summer! It's strawberry season here in SW Ontario and time to start the first layer of Rumtopf!!!!
Rumtopf (Rumpot) is a great German tradition where you add fruit, sugar, and rum as each fruit comes into season - let is soak in the Rum goodness and enjoy as a topping for ice-cream, custard, pudding or cheesecake in 6 months time!
The recipe = weigh the fruit and add an equal weight of sugar. Let stand for 1 hour or until the sugar begins to draw juice and dissolve. I used 3 cups of washed, hulled and halved strawberries and 1 1/2 Cups of sugar to start the first layer. Put the fruit, sugar mixture into your Rumtopf jar or a crock and add enough rum (amber rum is best although I used white rum this time) or brandy to cover the fruit by approx. 1 inch.
I will be adding cherries, black raspberries (not too many as they are quite "seedy"), currants, lots of peaches, blueberries (even if they make everything blue), plums, pears and grapes as they come into season! At the very end I will add slices of pineapple and some pomegranite berries. Always add sugar to the fruit (approx. 1/2 Cup per Cup of fruit) and keep topping with Rum as needed to keep fruit under the liquid. Do not stir - let the fruit sit in layers. You can also add a few slices of orange and cinnamon sticks at the very end if desired.
Cover the jar/crock with cellophane wrap and/or a lid and store in a cool place (i.e. fruit cellar or basement) after adding each fruit of the season.
This is such a treat during the Christmas season! Who said Christmas on this first day of summer????
Till next time - enjoying Summa Summa Summa!