Tiny poached apples served in sweetly spiced syrup infused with warming spices like cinnamon, vanilla, star anise and the tartness of fresh cranberries.
These poached apples are just the thing for a simple family supper or a holiday get-together when you’re short on time. Cooked fruit are one of the simplest of sweets but also the most comforting.
Sweet, spicy and just a little bit tart, it’s also the kind of recipe that’s just at home for breakfast as it is for dessert, and the best part is you can make them ahead of time since they only get better as they sit. An overnight rest in the fridge gives the flavors a chance to mingle and infuse the apples even further.
You just combine your spices, with fresh cranberries and water and set it on the stove to heat.
While you’re waiting for everything to warm up is the perfect time to prepare the apples for their bath. The tartness of the cranberries helps to balance the sweetness of the apples and creates a pretty pink syrup.
The aroma that fills the kitchen as they poach is a nice little bonus as well. There’s nothing quite as comforting as the sweet smell of spices wafting through the air during the winter months and the cozy scent begins to envelop you as soon after you set everything to a simmer.
The resulting poached apples are silky and gently spiced, while the cranberry syrup is spicy and lightly sweet. The apples take on a rosy hue and translucent quality as they sit in the fridge with the dried cherries that plump and become soft and juicy.
I like to serve the apples and plumped dried cherries covered in their syrup (add a little cream on the side to dress them up if you’d like) or on top of yogurt if I’m having them for breakfast.
What are your favorite wintertime spices?
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