Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes
Make Ahead: 1 to 48 Hours
1/2 bottle of white wine, dry or fruity
1/2 cup sugar
5 whole allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
3-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/2 pounds of mixed dried fruits: apples, figs, prunes, raisins, apricots, cherries, peaches
1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
In heavy nonaluminum saucepan, cook wine, sugar, and spices uncovered over medium-high heat until slightly syrupy, about 20 minutes. Add dried fruits to syrup, softest fruits (such as apples) last, and slowly simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Chill and serve in small bowls with crème fraîche, or serve warm over vanilla ice cream.
Note: Keeps a year in refrigerator.
Featured in “Quick Cuisine: Game Point” Domain, November/December 1989.