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Recipe: Red Wine Poached Plums

Like wine? Love dessert? Put your hands together and make Shahir’s decadent Red Wine Poached Plums for dessert tonight!

Like wine? Love dessert? Put your hands together and make Shahir’s decadent Red Wine Poached Plums for dessert tonight!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb blue, red or yellow plums
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream whipped with 1 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Halve the plums and remove the pits. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest off of the orange in wide strips Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.

In a medium pot with a lid, combine the wine, water, sugar, orange zest and juice, vanilla bean seeds and pod, cinnamon stick, star anise, peppercorns and salt. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Add plums and more water if necessary to cover. Simmer until plums are tender and skins are just beginning to peel off, 20-25 minutes.

Remove plums from poaching liquid and continue to reduce sauce without the lid, until it is thick and syrupy. Strain out spices and whisk in softened butter.

Serve plums on top of poundcake, drizzle with reduced sauce and serve with whipped cream.

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