Archive for November 2011

Soak Dried Fruits for Xmas Cakes   Leave a comment

If you are like me Christmas is your favorite holiday.  I enjoy family, friends and food (Three Fs). I, especially, look forward to making Belizean black fruit cake.  I love fruit cake so much that 6 to 8 weeks before Christmas I start to soak the dried fruits for the cake. Here’s how I do it:

Dried Fruit 
  • 1lb of dried raisins
  • 1lb of dried cherries chopped
  • 1/2lb of dried currants
  • 1/2 lb dried pineapple chopped
  • 1/2lb dried dates chopped
  • 1/2lb dried apricots chopped
  • 1/2lbs pecans chopped
  • 1/2lbs of walnuts chopped
  • 1 Orange or lemon/lime peel chopped
  • 1 Ginger peel chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
Soak
2 – 3 cups dark rum
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup of sugar
  1. Chop into small pieces the cherries, dates, pineapple, ginger, orange peel, pecan and walnut.
  2. Mix all the dried fruits and nuts together,
  3. Pour in rum and water.
  4. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Put this mixture into an airtight container and keep it on your kitchen counter (Don’t refrigerate)
  6. You need to mix it every other day or at least once a week.
  7. After six-eight weeks your fruits are ready.

Posted November 14, 2011 by belizecuisine in Desserts, Sides

Coconut rum w/Hot Chocolate   Leave a comment

The cold season is upon us, folks.  So, lets stay warm by having some hot chocolate. Better yet hot chocolate with a splash of coconut rum.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1/4 oz. coconut rum
1 cup hot chocolate (see recipe below)
Orange peel
Whipping cream

Combine all ingredients and enjoy.

Hot Chocolate recipe::

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups half & half milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 -3 minutes until hot enough to your preference.. Serve and enjoy

Serves 1

Posted November 7, 2011 by belizecuisine in Uncategorized