Poached Winter Fruit

Healthy Cooking Poached Winter FruitServes 4

10 dried apricot halves
7 dried peach halves
6 prunes, stones removed
6 dried figs, cut in half
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
125ml apple juice
1 vanilla bean, split and scrape out the seeds
2 pears, peeled and cut into quarters
2 apples, peeled and cut into quarters
1tbps raw sugar or honey

Put the apricots, prune, peaches, figs, cinnamon, vanilla pod and seeds in to a saucepan. Zest half the orange and add to the pan, then juice the orange, pour into a measuring jug and add enough water to give 250ml liquid. Pour in to the pot and add the apple juice. Cover pan and bring to the boil then turn down to a gentle simmer, cook for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid add the apple and pear and enough water to only just cover them. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes until they are just soft. Remove the lid and discard the orange peel and vanilla bean. Test for sweetness and add the sugar or honey if desired.

Increase the heat and cook at a rapid boil for 2 minutes to reduce the liquid. When the liquid has reduced remove and discard the cinnamon stick, taste again and adjust sweetness if required then serve.

By Georgina – Simply Sumptuous Foods

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