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Richard in Cincy

Rec: Wassail Bowl

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Posted to Thread #5008 at 6:07 pm on Dec 19, 2006

Real Wass-Ale! No Orange Juice! No Apple Juice! No TANG!!!!

No Betty Crocker dumbing down history for perky General Foods holiday shilling of their products!

Actual ALE in Wass-Ale (go figure)!!!

Recipe compliments of Pat formerly of Tokyo now in California from many years ago. This is a treasured tradition for Christmas at our house:

Wassail Bowl

In a large saucepan combine:
2 cups water
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 inch stick of cinnamon
6 whole cloves
6 allspice berries
4 coriander seeds
4 cardamom seeds

Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer it for 10 minutes.

Add:
2 quarts ale
2 bottles Sherry or Madeira
4 cups sugar


Stir and heat the brew but do not let it boil.

Beat 12 egg yolks until they are pale in color and fold in 12 egg whites beaten until stiff. Gradually strain half the ale and Sherry mixture over the eggs.

Turn the brew into a warmed silver (heatproof) punch bowl.

Bring the remaining ale and Sherry to the boiling point and strain it into the egg mixture.

Add 1 cup warmed cognac and 12 roasted lady apples and serve hot.

The apples may be served with the Wassail.


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