Foodie Vocab #21: Comfit
Every week at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!
This week’s word is: Comfit (noun). Pronounced: \kuhm-fit\
Please choose the most appropriate definition for Comfit:
a.) Garnished with fruit or vegetables that are cooked until tender in a seasoned liquid.
b.) Fold lightly into the batter.
c.) Confectionery consisting of dried fruits, nuts or spices coated with sugar candy.
d.) Served with fruits and nuts.
If you chose c.) Confectionery consisting of dried fruits, nuts or spices coated with sugar candy, then you are correct!
Comfits are an old form of sweets that is still served at baptisms and weddings in Europe and the Middle East. Although originally used to designate sugar coated nuts and fruits, the current definition has been expanded to include anything that’s covered with sugar or chocolate.
Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
Have you always wondered why chocolate covered cherries are so delicious? Now you can make them yourself! The secret is the layer of fondant underneath the chocolate.
1/3 C. soft butter (no substitutes)
1/3 C. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 – 4 C. sifted confectioners sugar
1 1-lb. jar red maraschino cherries, with stems, well drained
2 8-oz milk chocolate candy bars, cut up
Beat together butter, corn syrup, and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth, using an electric mixer at medium speed. Gradually add the salt and 3 C. of the confectioners’ sugar. Mix well. When the mixture becomes too stiff to beat, stir with a wooden spoon. Add enough confectioners’ sugar to make a mixture that can be kneaded. Form mixture into a 10-inch roll. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Refrigerate roll until firm. Cut roll into 1-inch slices. Cut each slice into quarters. Flatten each piece in the palm of your hand. Place a cherry in center. Fold up fondant around cherry until it is completely covered. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until firm. Melt the milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water. Cool slightly. Dip fondant-covered cherries in the melted milk chocolate. Place on the waxed paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets. Store in refrigerate.