Smoking Bishop

READY IN: 25hrs
Recipe by JenPo

"...and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!"- A Christmas Carol. Did you ever wonder what he was talking about? This is the recipe he sent in a letter to a friend, so I have kept the ingredients the same. However, I have begun playing around with it, reducing the port and juice, because I find the flavors a bit overwhelming.

Top Review by Mike M.

It says something about heating the fruit and Port, but what do you do with the wine and sugar?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the fruit and bake it on a foil lined baking sheet until it becomes pale brown, turning once.
  2. Heat a large earthenware bowl and add the fruit. Stud each fruit with five cloves.
  3. Add the sugar and the red wine, and store covered in a warm place for about a day.
  4. Squeeze the fruit to extract the juice, and strain into a saucepan.
  5. Add the port and warm thoroughly, but don't boil.
  6. Serve in heated glasses.
  7. Note: There are many suggestions for variations in this recipe, including the addition of star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  8. There was also a suggestion to bring the mix to a boil, simmer for an hour, and add brandy, brown sugar and orange juice.

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