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Chamomile Dried Fruit Compote

Mascarpone, a slightly sweet Italian cream cheese, is available at specialty stores and Italian markets.

  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 chamomile tea bags
  • 4 dried peach halves
  • 4 dried pear slices
  • 12 dried apricots
  • 12 dried pitted prunes
  • 12 dried apple slices
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring 3 1/2 cups of water and granulated sugar to a boil. Add tea bags, remove from heat, and let steep for 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove tea bags and bring back to a boil. Add peaches and pears, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 4 minutes. Add apricots, prunes, and apples and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cherries and simmer for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In a bowl, mix together the mascarpone, orange liqueur, and confectioners' sugar. To serve, divide fruit among bowls, pour some of the poaching liquid over, and top with the mascarpone.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 1995