Fiesta Foods - Ponche Navideño

Fiesta Foods - Ponche Navideño
Ponche Navideño (Holiday Fruit Punch)

8 quarts water
1 lb tejocotes
3 whole apples
8 guavas
2 lbs sugar cane
1 lb pitted prunes
1 lb tamarind beans
6 oz walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 sticks cinnamon
3 C. sugar
3 C. brandy or rum (optional)

In a medium saucepan, bring one quart of water to a boil. Add the tejocotes, lower the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes until softened.
Prepare the fruits: slice the sugar cane in four pieces long ways. Remove the stems and cores from the apples and cut into large chunks. Cut the guavas and prunes in half. In a very large pot (like your grandma used to use for canning), bring the remaining water to a boil. Add all the fruits: tamarind, beans and nuts to the pot and bring it back to a boil. Stir gently now and then in low temperature. Add the sugar and cinnamon. Simmer for another 1 ½ hours. Remove from heat. Ladle into cups, making sure each cup gets some chunks of fruit and nuts.
Serve hot.(will make at least 30 servings)
Suggestions: Ponche is an art form with almost as many variations are there are Mexican cooks. Some recipes call for oranges, others pears, many use both. Some cooks add Jamaica, a drink brewed from dried hibiscus flowers. Still others like to add pomegranate seeds. Use a little imagination, and your ponche recipe will be your own.
If you're having trouble finding tejocotes, or tamarind beans just come to Fiesta-Foods.