Sunday, June 20, 2010

Simple. Fresh. Dessert.

Are you ready for a fast, fresh, simple and delicious dessert? Well, here is my go-to dessert for the summertime. Fresh fruit, drenched in sweetened wine and specked with mint is as colorful as it is refreshing. Add your favorite summertime fruit, or whatever fruit you have on hand in the refrigerator. It's the perfect alfresco dessert.

Cantaloupe, Strawberries, and Grapes with White Wine and Mint
source: Everyday Italian; Giada DeLaurentiis servings: 4

1 ¼ cups dry white wine
1/3 cup sugar
1 T. chopped fresh mint
½ ripe cantaloupe, halved, seeded, and cut into ¾ in. cubes (about 3 cups)
1 (8oz.) basket of strawberries, quartered
1 cup seedless grapes, halved lengthwise

1. In a small saucepan, bring wine and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the mint.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, strawberries, and grapes. Pour the warm wine mixture over and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until cold, stirring occasionally, at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
3. Transfer the fruit mixture to serving bowls and serve chilled.

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