On October 20th each year, we celebrate the delicious food holiday known as National Brandied Fruit Day! Brandied fruit first became popular around the Victorian era. During this time, people discovered brandy added to fruit easily helped preserve it. Incidentally, the process also preserved the flavor of freshly harvests fruit crops while also creating a delicious dessert for adults.

Brandied fruit is created by soaking sweet fresh fruit in brandy, sugar, and spices. After the initial preparation, the fruit will sit for nearly 30 days. Then it is ready to top desserts, pies, and cakes. Interestingly, brandied fruit is used as a starter for Friendship Cake. Similar to the concept of a starter for sourdough bread, Friendship Cake takes time to develop its flavor.

So, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend or loved one, why not start with a jar of brandied fruit? It’s sure to be a cherished gift that will be remembered long after the last slice of cake is gone.

Image from King Arthur Baking Co.