Christmas Eve Morning I woke up at 5:45 am with a jolt. I had forgot something but what? I had purchased all the gifts and wrapped them, had all the ingredients for Christmas dinner, and had prepared for Littleness’ Birthday Morning. What was it? By this time Himself had awoken too.
“I forgot something.” I told him.
“What?” He asked.
“Oh my word! I forgot the fruit to make the Hot Fruit Salad. How could I have forgotten that? Pooh and I don’t want to be in the grocery stores today either. I am done with shopping.”
“You could go now?” Himself suggested.
“At 6 in the morning?” I laughed.
“It would be the first time in 15 years that we didn’t have Hot Fruit Salad on Christmas Morning.” I said sadly.
“We have to have it.” He said.
“You’re right I better go now.” I said as I rolled out of bed before the sun was up.
We have to have this Hot Fruit Salad every Christmas Morning. It is so rich, sweet and buttery and is such a great compliment to any main Brunch dish we choose. This year it was Eggs Benedict. Not only is this salad good it is very pretty with the fruit in individual stacks sitting in a hot velvety sauce. I have brought this to many of my MOPS brunches with great success each time. It can be made ahead and I have even frozen it without any trouble. You may use any canned or jarred fruit you’d like, but the following are what I have come to love over the years.
Hot Fruit Salad
1 large can Pineapple Rings
1 large can Peach Halves
1 large can Pear Halves
1 can Apricot Halves
1 stick butter
2 T. flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup fruit juice: I use fruit juice form the canned fruit, usually pineapple
2 T. juice from maraschino cherries for color
Drain all fruit saving one cup of juice. Place the fruit in layers in a baking dish starting with pineapple rings topped with either a peach or pear half then an apricot half followed by a cherry. Heat ingredients for the sauce together until thickened and bubbly; pour over fruit. Cover and let stand overnight in the refrigerator. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serves 10.
Note- Whichever brand of fruit you purchase you want to be sure to have 10 pineapple rings, 5 peach and pear halves each, and 10 apricot halves and cherries. I like to have 5 bundles with a peach half and 5 with a pear half. Also purchase fruit in lite or natural juice.
PS- Shopping at 6 am is the best! No lines, the shelves are stocked and if you need any help every department manager is there to assist. Will I do it again? ZZZZZzzzz.
Tomorrow in BRK- Brunch Part III: Scotch Eggs.