Just in time for Halloween
I found this “Transylvanian” recipe for fermented plum brandy: https://freshbitesdaily.com/fermented-plum-brandy/. I had almost 4 lbs of plums in the fridge that were heading into dangerously overripe territory this week, so rather than feed them to the goats and chickens, I decided to try a new fermentation project.
The internet has several methods of fermenting plums: one is with salt, to make a savory base for dishes, and the other one is with sugar (as in the linked recipe). I love fermented foods, but I’m afraid the thought of salted, fermented plums is more than even I can bear. I’ll report back in 2 weeks, when we have hopefully created a nice liqueur to savour over the holidays.
Today we strained the fermented plums into jars and added brandy to top up (approximately 60% plum/40% brandy). The final product is smooth, fruity and I think will make the perfect Christmas sipping drink.
I was planning to make a fermented plum sauce with the strained plums, but upon trying one I decided the world isn’t ready for boozy plum sauce … they taste well fermented. So, I fed the plums to the goats and sheep – if you read about any drunk and disorderly ungulates on Castanet this afternoon, you will know why!
I thought you'd like a view of all the 'science projects' on my counter top right now....