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Brandied Fruit

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Vanesa
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 8:39 AM
Subject: Brandied Fruit or Brandy Fruit

> Hello,
> I'm writing you for a friend who could not remember a receipe for
> brandied fruit.  She explained that you layer fruit and sugar but
> could not remember exactly what else. She said she use to make
> it when she was in her 30's but at 72 she can't remember, hee hee.
> can you help.
> Thanks
> Vanesa 

Hi Vanesa,

Making brandied fruit is sort of like making sourdough starter. There's a
very good recipe below. You don't have to use these particular fruits. You
can mix and match as you choose. Just don't go overboard with the cherries.
They contain something that interferes with the fermentation if you use too
many of them. Also, don't use a metal bowl or metal utensils.
This stuff is great. Try starting with a slice of pound cake, then a scoop
of vanilla ice cream, then the brandied fruit on top. Yum!


Brandied  Fruit  Starter

 Ingredients :
 1 (15 1/4 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
 1 (16 oz.) can sliced peaches, drained
 1 (17 oz.) can apricot halves, drained
 1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries,  drained
 1 1/4 c. sugar
 1 1/4 c. brandy (Apricot or peach brandy may be substituted, if you wish)

 Preparation :
Combine all ingredients in a clean, non metal bowl, stir gently 
with a wooden spoon.
Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 weeks, stirring 
fruit twice a week.  Serve fruit over ice cream or pound cake, 
reserving at least 1 cup starter at all times.  To replenish 
starter, add 1 cup sugar and 1 of the first 4 ingredients every 
1 to 3 weeks, alternating fruits each time, stir gently.  Cover 
and let stand at room temperature 3 days before using.  
Yield: 6 cups. Apricot or peach brandy may be substituted, if desired.

Butter vs Shortening

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marianne 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 12:18 PM
  Subject: butter vs. shortening

  Please let me know if butter can be used in any recipes calling for 
  shortening.  I prefer to use butter and would like to know the answer 
  before I ruin any baking I might attempt.  Cakes, biscuits and pie 
  crust etc.
  Thank you

Hi Marianne,

Yes, you can use butter in any baking recipe that calls for shortening. It's actually better in such recipes, because it adds buttery flavor. If substituting by volume (ex.: 1 cup of shortening) then use the same amount of butter (1 cup). However, if measuring by weight ( ex.: 1 oz. of shortening), use 10% to 15% less butter. You may have to guesstimate this, but exactness is not critical.


Homemade Chocolate?

----- Original Message -----
From: B. J.
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 10:37 AM

> Hi,
>   I would like to know how to make plain chocolate.Thanks


My friend, making chocolate from scratch is a very complicated process that cannot be done at home unless one is a chocolate-making expert.

The fermentation and drying of cocoa beans are what develops the chocolate flavor in the beans. Once the beans reach a cocoa processor they are roasted and undergo an alkalization process which further develops and enhances the chocolate flavour and colour.

Chocolate cannot be made using cocoa powder, because cocoa powder has had the cocoa butter removed. Cocoa butter must be removed to make dry cocoa powder, but it is an integral part of solid chocolate.

For more information, see:
Chocolate Manufacturing

If I have misunderstood, and what you are asking for is a recipe for a hot chocolate drink, then please write back or else go to my site and search the archives. There are many recipes for hot chocolate there.


Ersatz Maple Syrup

 ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill 
  To: phaed
  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:40 AM
  Subject: maple syrup

  We used to have a wonderful receipe for making maple syrup, using sugars 
  and water. Do you have such a receipe?

  Thank You

Hello Bill,

Sure, there are several recipes for ersatz maple syrup below.


  Homemade  Maple  Pancake  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. brown sugar
   3/4 c. water
   1 tsp. maple flavoring

   Preparation : 
     1.  Mix sugar and water in saucepan.  2.  Bring mixture to a boil;
   simmer for 15 minutes.  (Don't let it boil again, or overcook.)  3. 
   Add maple flavoring; chill.  Use more or less flavoring to your
   personal taste. 
   Maple  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   1 tbsp. cornstarch
   5 tbsp. brown sugar
   1/8 tsp. salt
   1 c. cold water
   2 tsp. maple extract

   Preparation : 
     In saucepan mix cornstarch, sugar, salt and water.  Bring to a
   boil and boil one minute.  Remove from stove and add maple extract. 
   Maple  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. sugar
   1 c. water
   2 tsp. maple flavoring
   2 drips butter flavoring
   Dash of salt

   Preparation : 
      Bring water to boil, remove from burner and add sugar, maple and
   butter flavorings and salt.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Syrup
   is ready to use.  Do not boil mixture after sugar is added as the
   sugar will crystalize after it stands.
   Maple  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   1 1/4 c. cold water
   1 tbsp. cornstarch
   Artificial liquid sweetener to equal 1 c. sugar
   1 tsp. maple flavoring
   1/8 tsp. salt

   Preparation : 
     Combine ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Serve hot
   over pancakes or waffles.  Yields 1 1/2 cups.   
   Homemade  Maple  (Flavored)  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   10 c. corn syrup
   5 c. brown sugar
   1 c. margarine
   10 c. water
   1 1/4 tbsp. salt
   1 tbsp. Maplene flavoring

   Preparation : 
     Makes 1 3/4 gallons.  
   Maple  Syrup

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. water
   1 c. sugar
   1 c. brown sugar
   1 c. Karo
   1/2 tsp. maple flavoring

   Preparation : 
     Mix together:  Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes.  Cool.  Pour
   into bottle.  Cover tightly and refrigerate.  Butter flavoring can
   be added, if desired.  

Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific!

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cheryl 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 3:59 PM
  Subject: Hi There!

  It's been a couple of months since I contacted you...hope everything 
  is going well!  I have a dilemma.  This may sound ridiculous, but,  
  here goes.  I've been trying to find an old shampoo that I used to buy 
  all of the time.  I used it exclusively until the company stopped making 
  it quite awhile ago.  The shampoo was called, "Gee your hair smells 
  terrific".  I just looked on Ebay, there was one set of the shampoo and 
  conditioner that was already bid up to $69 dollars.  I hear that you're 
  able to still buy this set from over in the Phillipines?  I would be 
  willing to buy it by the case, if necessary....!!!  Please let me know 
  if you're able to find out anything about this product and if I can still 
  buy it....for a reasonable price...not $ 70 a set...(argh).  
  Thank you so much!      
  G'day, Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,

Gosh, from the number of posts about this shampoo on the Web, it's surprising that they ever discontinued it. There's a whole message board devoted to it at:

You can buy "Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo and conditioner" at

You can also get at Vermont Country Store

The only other way that I know of to get it is directly from this company in the Philippines:

Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation
18 Jose Bautista Avenue,
Malabon, Metro Manila

MS. SELMA TULDANES Marketing Manager





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