Winter Compote of Fruit
This is a dish that is made for the dried fruits of winter, deeply delicious, sweet, yet balanced with the lovely acidic quality of good quality coffee. Nearly any kind of citrus and dried fruits will do; we suggest quite a few but use whatever you like best. Mix just a few or a lot, as available.
3 cups water
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 orange, thinly sliced with rind intact
1/2 cup sugar or more, to taste
1 large lemon, thinly sliced with rind intact
1 cup seedless grapes, white or red
1/2 cup raisins, golden or black
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 pound of mixed dried fruit such as figs, prunes, apricots, nectarines, mangoes, peaches or apples
8 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
Brew the coffee.
Put the water and sugar in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Put in everything - except the grapes - and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The fruits will become fork-tender soft, and the liquid will achieve a syrupy consistency.
Add the grapes and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Serve in individual bowls and top with plain yogurt.
You can also strain, chop, and use as a filling for sweet empanadas.
Photo and Recipe courtesy of Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru. For more recipes go to http://www.supermarketguru.com