Fruit: Warm Apple Compote with Vanilla Cream

posted by Ann Sanders 12-07-102 10:55 AM

Warm Apple Compote with Vanilla Cream

2 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter
6 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch pieces (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
freshly grated nutmeg

In a saucepan, combine the cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, over medium heat and reduce by half, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saute pan over med-high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are very soft and nicely browned, about another 10 minutes. Add the raisins and cook for 3 minutes. Toss the apple mixture with the cider reduction. Set aside to cool slightly.

Whip or beat the cream, the remaining 1 tsp. granulated sugar, and the vanilla until it has the consistency of a thick milk shake. To serve, spoon the compote into glasses and spoon the thickened cream over it. Dust with the nutmeg, if you like.

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