Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Strawberries and Oranges with Vanilla-Scented Wine

This dessert is refreshing on a warm spring afternoon or evening - and perfect for all the events that seem to happen this time of year - bridal showers, baby showers etc. Make it ahead of time and chill until ready to serve.

Combine 2 cups late-harvest Riesling (or other, unfiltered dessert wine of your choice), 1 cup orange juice, 6 (4-inch) strips of orange rind, and 2 tablespoons raw sugar in a saucepan. Split a 6-inch vanilla bean in half, and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the bean to the saucepan. (Note: for the orange juice I bought the fresh-squeezed from Whole Foods' brand, which is nothing but pure fresh oj - no added sugar or water! You could also squeeze your own fresh).

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a bowl over a large sieve, discarding the solids. Let cool for 30 minutes.

Stir in 6 cups halved strawberries and 2 and 1/2 cups orange sections, then cover and chill. You'll have 12 servings of 2/3 a cup and 60 calories. Garnish with mint sprigs for a pretty presentation!

late-harvest Riesling: $21.99
orange juice $1.99
oranges $3.38
vanilla bean $11.99
strawberries $5.98

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance