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Poached Fruit

Disguise your favorite fruit as a sweet, relatively healthy treat.

  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 2-by-1/2-inch pieces lemon peel
  • 4 medium nectarines (about 1 3/4 pounds), slightly underripe
  • Creme fraiche, for serving
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for serving

Cook's Note

Poaching also works well on underripe fruits, which soften and become more flavorful as they cook.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel, and 5 cups water. Place over medium heat, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Gently place nectarines in the liquid. Add more water if needed to cover nectarines. Place a square of cheesecloth over the fruit, and top with a small plate to keep fruit submerged.

  2. Step 2

    Increase heat to high, and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until nectarines are tender but not soft, about 5 minutes. Remove nectarines from liquid, and allow to cool

  3. Step 3

    Return liquid to a boil, and cook until reduced to a syrup that will coat the back of spoon, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool.

  4. Step 4

    Cut nectarines in half, and remove pit. Place two halves on serving plate. Drizzle with syrup. Top each half with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprig of mint.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, February 2004