Boerenjongens (Brandied Sultanas) Recipe

Boerenjongens (Brandied Sultanas) Recipe

A favorite treat at Dutch celebrations, boerenjongens—or brandied raisins—are easy to make and can be enjoyed as a drink or used in other dishes.
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  • Serves: 16 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Step 3

    With a sharp knife, pare off 2 very thin strips of lemon peel (try not to get too much of the pith, which will add a bitter taste).
  4. Step 4

    Add the lemon zest to the saucepan, along with the sultanas, honey, vanilla, and spices.
  5. Step 5

    Cook on a low heat until the fruit has swelled and softened.
  6. Step 6

    Bring to the boil, and then using a slotted spoon immediately scoop the sultanas into a couple of sterilized jam jars.
  7. Step 7

    Now reduce the remaining liquid until it thickens.
  8. Step 8

    Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the lemon zest and spices.
  9. Step 9

    Pour the liquid over the sultanas. Add the brandy.
  10. Step 10

    Seal the jars tightly, shake and store in a cool, dark place for at least six weeks before consuming. They're even better after three months and will keep unopened for a year. Once opened, keep chilled.
  11. Step 11