Let’s talk about poached fruit for a minute.
It’s quite possibly the easiest and healthiest dessert to make, however, I never see it on the holiday table. Why is that?
I decided to be a little different this holiday season and make a poached fruit recipe that you won’t forget. That’s right; you’ll want to make it over n’ over again year after year. It’s super simple and absolutely delicious. I made this for my family last weekend and my parents LOVED it so I know you’re going to enjoy every bite. Come see how I’m making this super special celebratory poached fruit recipe to kick off your holiday season.
I wanted to make a non-alcoholic recipe since I don’t drink and I know it bothers many of your belly’s so you can rest assured there’s no alcohol in this baby. What is inside is something I used for the first time and was quite amazed at how lovely the flavor was. It was like sipping on a sparkling and fruity apple cider. So, what was this super special ingredient? Enter the R.W. Knudsen’s Glogg. I wanted to use this sparkling beverage to make something fabulous for the holidays and instead of baking a cake or cookies, which we all know we have too much of, I opted for poached fruit.
This Glogg surely jazzed up this poached fruit recipe so I don’t recommend making this recipe if you can’t find the R.W. Knudsen brand. I haven’t found another brand as clean as this and as tasty. It’s made with sparkling filtered water, apple, white grape and lemon juice concentrates as well as organic honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. How clean is that? The R.W. Knudsen line of sparkling juices is new to me- I just discovered them last month and I’m so excited to start using more of them for my holiday and New Year’s festivities. They’re so clean and taste so pure- they’re not the type of beverage to give you a headache or a belly ache the next day. So, why am I so excited about this? Well, for the last few years as many of you know, I haven’t been able to celebrate the holidays because I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t eat many of the foods that were served but this year is different- I’m coming alive and I can totally celebrate in style, now. And so can you.
The best part? Like all R.W. Knudsen Family products, these beverages don’t contain artificial flavors or artificial preservatives. Wahoooo!
Now, onto the recipe. I started by boiling the Glogg, water and honey on the stove top. Then I added an orange peel, orange slices, two sliced apples and a sliced pear along with a few cinnamon sticks and spices. When the fruit was super tender, about 30 minutes later, I removed the pieces with a slotted spoon along with the other cinnamon sticks and anything else floating in there. I transferred the mixture to a small skillet and reduced the liquid to a thick, syrup-like texture. OMG you are going to love this.
I kid you not.
I drizzled this reduction over the fruit and took a few pictures to show you what it looked like plain. Then I topped it with coconut milk yogurt (you can also use almond milk yogurt or the coconut whipped cream from my cookbook, Eating Clean) and sprinkled it with fresh mint.
So simple. So easy.
No need to use the oven.
No need for refined sugar.
No need for hours of baking and using processed flours and other sugary-ingredients.
Just whole, yummy, delicious fresh fruit with an incredible reduction on top.
This, folks, is a winner.
Dive in, have fun and celebrate.
Because this year, it’s time for me to start enjoying life and really taste what real food is all about.
I hope you’ll join me.
- 2 cups R.W. Knudsen Sparkling Glogg
- 1½ cups filtered water
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or honey
- 1 large orange
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground cardamom
- 2 large apples
- 1 large pear
- ½ cup coconut milk yogurt (or almond milk yogurt), for garnish
- 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh mint leaves, for garnish
- Combine the maple syrup or honey, Glogg, water, and bring to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Meanwhile, slice one of the apples into ½ inch pieces (large dice). Slice the other apple into 4 large slices. Slice the pear into 4 large slices. Set aside.
- When the liquid is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and add the orange peel, orange segments, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, cardamom, apples and pears and cover. In a pot on the stove top for 30 minutes or until the apples and pears are very tender. Remove the apples, pears and oranges with a slotted spoon. Discard any other pieces and transfer the liquid to small saucepan and simmer until it becomes thick over medium-high heat, about 20 minutes. The liquid will form a thick reduction.
- In a large shallow bowl, add the pears and apples, drizzle with the reduction and top with yogurt and fresh mint. Serve immediately.
- (Use the oranges for another use or add to yogurt for breakfast the next day!)
This post was sponsored by R.W. Knudsen. All opinions are my own.