Wednesday, 17 April 2013
I'm on the hunt for -
a Rumtopf jar.
Now all of the fruit trees & bushes have been in the ground for a while I am expecting a good crop this year. Well expecting/hoping I'm not quite sure yet. If it all fails well there is a pick your own option at the posh farm shop.
I may be allowed to Chester on Saturday if I behave of course. I shall be perusing in a couple of the charity shops there to see if I can find one. I doubt it & I think I will have to rely on ebay. There are plenty on there but the postage & packaging puts me off. I shall just have to dig deep as I really want one.
Yes I could make my Rumtopf in a normal pot or jar but I don't want to. I want a proper old fashioned Rumtopf jar.
Rumtopf is a lovely combination of fresh soft fruit gathered as it ripens. It is layered as it it harvested & each layer is covered with sugar & dark rum. Yum!
It is started in the summer with the first fresh fruit (normally strawberries) & is eaten in the winter close to Christmas. Upon viewing my collection of fruit bushes/trees in the garden I'm hoping mine will contain - strawberries, cherries, raspberries, black, red & white currants, blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries, loganberries, tayberries, cherries, plums, greengages & peaches. I'm pretty sure that is my full collection of soft fruit.
It can be served on with pancakes, normal cake, ice cream & a spoonful put in the bottom of a glass & topped up with some fizz.
Wish me luck & enjoy your day