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    The Oxford Bishop: 19th Century Spiced Mulled Port Wine

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    35 mins

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    French Tart's Note:

    A lovely Traditional old English recipe by Eliza Acton, a 19th Century Victorian cookery writer of great repute. This unique beverage is also mentioned in "The Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, although in the book it was called Smoking Bishop!! This is a fruity & spiced warm mulled Port Wine drink which brings a glow to your face & warmth to your aching joints, believe me! Just the festive beverage to have after returning from Christmas Midnight Mass or whilst listening to Carols from King's College on Christmas Eve. Also wonderful as a welcome drink for a party or special event. It is easily topped up if extra guests arrive, and I have used wine in the past when the port was finished!

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
    2. 2
      Cut the orange in half and stud the 2 halves with the cloves.
    3. 3
      Place the two halves on a lined baking tray cut-side up, and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
    4. 4
      Take out of the oven & set to one side.
    5. 5
      Meanwhile pour the water into a large pan and add the sugar, cinnamon, mace, allspice & ginger.
    6. 6
      Place over a high heat and stirring all the time, bring to the boil and let it boil until it has reduced by about half.
    7. 7
      Take off the heat & set to one side.
    8. 8
      When you are ready to serve the Oxford Bishop, empty the bottle of port into the pan with the spiced sugar water and add the two halves of baked oranges.
    9. 9
      Add the orange juice and gently heat up and simmer - be careful NOT to boil it!
    10. 10
      Serve from a warmed Punch Bowl with the orange halves floating in it - this should serve about 6 people.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 02, 2011

      35

    • on November 16, 2008

      55

      I just made this for the adults at my son's 1st birthday party & it went over very well. Beautiful aroma, and I have to say I did have quite the rosy glow the whole day! I love the history behind it and have tucked this recipe into the cherished pile. Thank you!

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    • on December 19, 2006

      For the Vegetarian option you might want to use a Crusted Port

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    Nutritional Facts for The Oxford Bishop: 19th Century Spiced Mulled Port Wine

    Serving Size: 1 (244 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 290.9
     
    Calories from Fat 11
    86%
    Total Fat 1.2 g
    1%
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 30.1 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 32.7 g
    10%
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    10%
    Sugars 19.3 g
    77%
    Protein 1.0 g
    2%

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