Moscato Poached Fruit

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr 20 min (includes cooling and refrigeration times)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 (750 ml) bottle Moscato d'Asti Italian sparkling white wine

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 (6-inch) cinnamon stick (or two 3-inch sticks)

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

8 whole cloves, wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with kitchen string

Zest of 2 large oranges, zested with a strip zester

Zest of 1 lemon, zested with a strip zester

2 cups large dried Calimyrna figs, hard stems removed (12 ounces)

2 cups large dried apricots (12 ounces)

1 cup large pitted prunes (6 ounces)

1 cup large dried peaches, halved (6 ounces)

3/4 cup dried cherries (5 ounces)

Crème fraiche, for serving


  1. Combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves, orange zest, and lemon zest in a large (10 to 11-inch diameter) pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset. Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the figs, apricots, prunes, and peaches to the simmering liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the fruit is tender and the liquid is reduced. (Not to worry if the figs are less tender; you don't want to overcook the rest of the fruit.) Remove and discard the cloves.
  3. Off the heat, stir in the cherries and allow the fruit to cool to room temperature in the poaching liquid. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Reheat and serve warm or at room temperature with poaching liquid and a dollop of crème fraiche.
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