Posts Tagged ‘sour cherries’

Homemade Sour Cherry Brandy (Visinata or Vishniak)

July 19, 2009


Wikipedia: Vişinată is a Romanian alcoholic beverage made from sour cherries, traditionally homemade.

UrsaBear on Chowhound:  “wishniak or vishniac” is  “the very soul of Eastern European Jewry, my friend, or at the very least its quintessence.”

Warning: Long involved story follows. Bottom line:  I am brewing my own cherry brandy or vishniak (or vishniac or wishniak, or visinata). I am making two batches, one from an online recipe, and one from my mother’s friend who is from Romania. Lanie S. tells me that the batch should be ready by Rosh HaShana and I should serve it with honey cake.

(update: done!)

For Part 2, see here for the fermentation results for July through September
For Part 3, see here for what the finished visinata looks like, both the Lanie S. version and the Homebrew Underground version


Sour Cherry Peach Soup

July 12, 2009


My husband was craving fruit soup. His favorite is the kind made with cream (or rather pareve cream), frozen stawberries, mandarin oranges, and pineapple.

I asked him if I could give him the kind made with pureed peaches and berries and orange juice. The recipe is really simple.  You take a pound of each of frozen peaches and strawberries (thawed) and put them in a blender with orange juice to cover. Puree and adjust the flavor with a couple tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. (more…)