bishops bread

      Bishops Bread and Wine are a holiday delectation long associated with the feast of St. Nicholas. You know, Santa Clause! They originate in Germany and Eastern Europe and certainly are a wonderful combination. You can make this combination part of your holiday festivities or enjoy year round.

 Bishops Bread

 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of chocolate pieces or chips

2 cups of chopped walnuts

1 cup of sniped and pitted dates

1 cup of candied cherries

3 eggs

1 cup of sugar

      Grease and line a pan with wax paper. In a medium sized bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Then stir in the chocolate pieces, walnuts, dates and candied cherries. In a large bowl beat eggs and gradually add the sugar until blended. Fold in the flour mix into the egg mix until well mixed and dough is sticky. Spread out evenly in the previously greased and lined pan. Bake at 325' for 1 1/2 hours or until done. You can check by sticking a fork into the bread and pulling it out to see if anything sticks to the fork; if nothing sticks the bread is done. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack or bread board.

 Bishops wine

 1 large bottle of red wine (750ml)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 orange

10 whole cloves

      In a large pot warm the wine on medium to low heat (do not let it get to its boiling point). Mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Cut the orange in half and insert the cloves into the skin of the orange from the outside. Heat the mixture for about 30 minutes or until you see the steam and its ready for serving!

      Bishops wine or “bishop” is actually mentioned by Scrooge in Charles Dicken's “A Christmas Carol”. When Bob Cratchit is invited by Scrooge to discuss how he can help the struggling young family they do it over a Christmas pot of warm, steaming bishop. So enjoy part of history with this wonderfully tasty treat And remember don’t drink and drive.


Happy Holidays!

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