Dried Fruit Compote with Fresh Goat Cheese

Pilar Sanchez adds sugar to the Sauvignon Blanc in the compote to echo the flavor of the late-harvest wine that accompanies the dessert. Be sure to use the softest, freshest dried fruits.

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  • Servings: 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted prunes (3/4 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried figs (3/4 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried apricots (1/2 pound)
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped sage plus whole leaves, for garnish
  • 1/2 pound fresh goat cheese, cut into 8 slices

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the prunes, figs, apricots, wine and sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderately high and cook, stirring often, until the liquid has reduced to a thick syrup and the fruits are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the cherries during the last 5 minutes of cooking; let cool.
  2. Stir the chopped sage into the compote and spoon the compote into 8 bowls. Set a slice of goat cheese on each serving and garnish with sage leaves.

Make Ahead

The compote can be refrigerated overnight. Stir in 1/4 cup of water before serving.

Published October 1997

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