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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tsar’s Varenie

"Varenie" means a fruit or berries preserve.

Ingredients:

2 lb fresh figs
2 lb sugar
2 cups grape juice
0.5 lb peeled walnuts
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp rum (optional, for better keeping)

Method:

Wash and drain figs, remove the ends, and place ¼ peeled walnut in the middle of every fig.
Mix grape juice and sugar, and bring to boil. Remove the foam.
Put the stuffed figs into this syrup, then put walnuts all over it, add lemon juice and rum.
Let boil for 2 minutes, and remove the foam once more.
Remove heating; cover the dish with a thick fabric, and let sit for 10 hours, shaking every 2 hours.
Then, bring this to boil, and boil for 10 minutes; let sit under the fabric for 10 more hours.
Then, bring this to boil, and boil for 2 hours with very low heating to avoid burning it, stirring occasionally.
To check if the dish is ready, take half a teaspoon of the hot preserve, let cool for 1 minute, and turn the teaspoon to let the syrup off, drop by drop.
When third or forth drop of the syrup does not drop off the teaspoon, the preserve is ready.
Let the preserve cool without any cover, and pour into cans.

Note:
This preserve is traditionally used as a natural medication for flu.

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