Warm and cozy with mulling spices

Ahh. The warm scent of cloves, allspice and cinnamon. Cooking with these spices fills up a room with a lovely, comforting aroma that always reminds me of the holidays. There’s no better time to brew up some hot mulled cider!

To make mulled cider or mulled wine, you can use any blend of spices you like, but typically, mulling spices include cloves, allspice, cinnamon and orange peel. Frieda’s has a 3-ounce bag of mulling spices ready to go. It contains whole dried allspice berries, big chunks of cassia cinnamon, whole cloves and pieces of dried orange peel.

The ratio of spice to juice is about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of spice to a half-gallon of juice. I used Litehouse Gala Apple Cider.

 I didn’t have cheesecloth handy to make a spice sachet, so I just put the loose spices right into the pot with the juice.

 I heated the cider in my slow cooker for 2 hours on low. The house smelled fabulous!

I just strained the juice to serve. I also strained the remaining cider and refrigerated it for later enjoyment.

Yum! If I had cinnamon sticks handy, they would have been perfect in these glasses with a wedge of orange or lemon. The perfect warming winter drink! (If you are feeling more naughty than nice, you can always add a splash of brandy to your mulled cider for a little extra warmth…)

Cheers,
Hazel

Angelcots®: A Taste of Heaven

Angelcots(r) – very special white apricots

Have you ever really tasted a perfect apricot? Oftentimes, the flavor might be good, but the texture might be dry and mealy. Sometimes, the fruit is juicy, but the flavor is weak. However, Frieda’s Specialty Produce wants fruit lovers to know that the perfect apricot does exist, and it’s called an Angelcot®.

This elusive white-flesh apricot is grown in Central California and has a limited season, but those who have the opportunity to taste the Angelcot® will tell you that no other apricot compares. We are shipping these beauties to select supermarkets around the country this week.

Angelcots® are a specialty hybrid of Moroccan and Iranian apricot varieties. There are only a few acres of this special fruit in the world. They have a very pale yellow skin color with a pale peach blush and a very fine velvety fuzz. The inside flesh is extremely juicy with the texture of a perfectly ripe nectarine with the delicate yet intense sweet flavor of an apricot.

These tree-ripened, hand-packed fruits are as close to divine as a fruit can be. Angelcots® are much juicier than a typical apricot and possess a beautiful balance of acid and sugar with a buttery, tropical, perfume-like sweetness.

You haven’t tasted an apricot until you sink your teeth into a heavenly Angelcot®!

Check out Karen Caplan’s (CEO of Frieda’s) blog post about the story of Angelcots: http://www.friedas.com/karensblog/taste-of-heaven

Fresh Angelcot® Tart
This simple no-bake tart is a great way to showcase the natural sweetness and juicy texture of white-fleshed apricots.

6 to 8 Angelcots® (peeled if desired), pitted and sliced (3 cups)
1 block (8 oz) nonfat cream cheese, sliced
½ cup raspberries
¼ cup sugar
1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust (or pre-baked tart shell of your choice)
½ cup seedless raspberry jam

Mix the cream cheese, raspberries and sugar in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until smooth. Spread over the pie crust and arrange the Angelcot® slices decoratively over the top.

Melt the raspberry jam in a small saucepan over low heat. Spoon over the peaches. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Adapted from “Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits” by Olwen Woodier (Storey Publishing: 2004)

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to find out if a market in your area will have the Angelcots(r). But act fast, because the season is short!

Angelcots®: A Taste of Heaven

Angelcots(r) – very special white apricots

Have you ever really tasted a perfect apricot? Oftentimes, the flavor might be good, but the texture might be dry and mealy. Sometimes, the fruit is juicy, but the flavor is weak. However, Frieda’s Specialty Produce wants fruit lovers to know that the perfect apricot does exist, and it’s called an Angelcot®.

This elusive white-flesh apricot is grown in Central California and has a limited season, but those who have the opportunity to taste the Angelcot® will tell you that no other apricot compares. We are shipping these beauties to select supermarkets around the country this week.

Angelcots® are a specialty hybrid of Moroccan and Iranian apricot varieties. There are only a few acres of this special fruit in the world. They have a very pale yellow skin color with a pale peach blush and a very fine velvety fuzz. The inside flesh is extremely juicy with the texture of a perfectly ripe nectarine with the delicate yet intense sweet flavor of an apricot.

These tree-ripened, hand-packed fruits are as close to divine as a fruit can be. Angelcots® are much juicier than a typical apricot and possess a beautiful balance of acid and sugar with a buttery, tropical, perfume-like sweetness.

You haven’t tasted an apricot until you sink your teeth into a heavenly Angelcot®!

Check out Karen Caplan’s (CEO of Frieda’s) blog post about the story of Angelcots: http://www.friedas.com/karensblog/taste-of-heaven

Fresh Angelcot® Tart
This simple no-bake tart is a great way to showcase the natural sweetness and juicy texture of white-fleshed apricots.

6 to 8 Angelcots® (peeled if desired), pitted and sliced (3 cups)
1 block (8 oz) nonfat cream cheese, sliced
½ cup raspberries
¼ cup sugar
1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust (or pre-baked tart shell of your choice)
½ cup seedless raspberry jam

Mix the cream cheese, raspberries and sugar in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until smooth. Spread over the pie crust and arrange the Angelcot® slices decoratively over the top.

Melt the raspberry jam in a small saucepan over low heat. Spoon over the peaches. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Adapted from “Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits” by Olwen Woodier (Storey Publishing: 2004)

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to find out if a market in your area will have the Angelcots(r). But act fast, because the season is short!