Time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love getting my blog assignment each month and this month I was assigned the blog Culinary Adventures with Camilla, which belongs to Camilla, our lovely leader of group B. Camilla is a mom of 3 boys, a freelance writer and photographer and cookbook reviewer.
As this was the December reveal I went straight to the Christmas recipes. I was happy to see that a few years ago she had made a Dickensian Christmas Eve feast. I was immediately drawn to the Figgy Pudding until Randal reminded me that at the time I was considering my recipe choice there was 3 weeks until Christmas and neither one of us would probably want to eat figgy pudding that early in the month. I still really want to make the pudding though, maybe this year will be the year I actually do it!
I finally decided on Smoking Bishop. I had never actually heard of it before, but after doing a little research I found out that it is basically a type of mulled wine, infused with roasted citrus fruits and port. It was popular in Victorian England at Christmas time and it appears in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
1 bottle red wine
1/2 bottle water
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
handful of cloves (around 20)
5 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise pods
1/2 bottle port
Bake the fruit at 350 for 1 hour. Add the cloves and set aside.
Simmer the red wine, water, sugar, cinnamon and star anise over low heat for 30 minutes. Take off the heat, add the roasted fruit, cover and leave over night at room temperature.
The next day remove and juice the fruit. Add in the juice and port and heat on low.