I removed my rum plumped fruit (aka macerated fruit) from the jar tonight and marched onward to the second step.
I figured that I probably had enough fruit for three large loaves of cake so I tripled the recipe. That means, I put a ton of butter in it! I also added the sugar, spices and unfiltered apple cider.
I let it all simmer for a while and relished the lovely scent. My house only smells like this one day a year and I absolutely love it!
I let the pot and the precious contents cool and then put it back into the jar. The liquid was slightly thicker. I actually had to use a second jar because there was much more than what I started with due to the additional ingredients.
Now it has to sit in the fridge for two days.