Yesterday I made these lovely plum dessert jars for Christmas. I got the recipe from "Cooking for Christmas" by Martha Day. This book is full of lovely ideas.
You add 2 & 1/2 cups of brandy, 1 & 2/3 cups of sugar and a cinnamon stick together in a pan and warm on low heat until the sugar gets dissolved. Then you add plums (or peaches or pears if you prefer) plus zest of a lemon and poach the fruit until soft. Then remove the fruit and rapid boil the drink until syrup like and thick. Then pour in sealed jars & store in a cool, dry place for 6 months. Then you have a Christmas dessert ready :)
It was so easy to make & i had a little taste of it as it is and it's very yummy. I added a ribbon and a bauble to the jar cause I think I can make some more as gifts. I think it will be a really nice dessert (with whipped cream) after a ham joint on Christmas Eve. We have our turkey dinner on Christmas Day.
Hope you like it,