Sunday, November 21, 2010

Marinated Summer Fruits

I've been trying to include more fruit in my diet and find a way to use the fruit I buy before it goes off!  I've tried poaching and bottling which is nice but this recipe is the best!  Basically you fill a jar or preferred container with fresh summer fruit such as peaches, strawberries, raspberries, apricots, oranges, cherries or whatever you fancy.  Then you make a vanilla syrup to pour over the top.. and with a splash of cointreau or your favourite liquer, you'll be hard pressed to keep the jar full enough to maintain your appetite!
I've included the recipe as it is in Delicious magazine, but you can really use any fruit you desire.
165 g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
2 tbsp of liquer
2-3 peaches, thinly sliced
4 small nectarines, peeled
1 orange, peeled, segmented
1 cup cherries
1 punnet blueberries
1 punnet raspberries
2 kiwifruit, peeled, sliced
Place sugar in a saucepan with 1 cup (250 ml) water and vanilla.  Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved, simmer for 5 minutes, then cool.  Add liquer, if using.
Layer the fruits in a large sterilised jar, then pour the cooled syrup over top. Seal and store in the fridge.

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