Dried fruits stewed in sherry wine with a manchego cheese ganache

Dried fruits stewed in sherry wine with a manchego cheese ganache

Frutas secas al jerez con crema de manchego

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Spanish Made Simple
Serves
6

In Spain we grow a lot of vegetables and fruits. We supply a good proportion of the whole of Europe’s fruit and veg. In the old days exporting was not as easy as it is now and we had to make sure nothing went to waste. A lot of the dried fruits in Spain are made with summer fruits that after the sun-drying process are then enjoyed in winter, particularly at Christmas. This recipe brings them back to life and the salty cheese ganache makes a good balance with the sweetness of the stewed fruits.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g caster sugar
500ml pedro ximenez sweet sherry wine
200g pitted dates
200g currants
200g pitted prunes
400ml double cream
200g manchego cheese, chopped
100g cream cheese
a handful pistachios, chopped

Method

  1. Heat a small pan over a medium heat and sprinkle over 100g of the sugar. Add the wine and all the fruit and simmer gently for 1 hour. The fruit will absorb the richness of the wine and soften.
  2. In a separate pan bring the cream, cheeses and the rest of the sugar just to boiling point, stirring constantly with a whisk, and then take off the heat. Blend until smooth and then put back over the heat, whisking constantly until the mixture comes back to the boil. Blend again until very smooth. Chill in the fridge until cold and then whip with a whisk until the mixture acquires the texture of whipped cream.
  3. Serve the fruit with a little of the sherry syrup and a spoonful of the Manchego cheese ganache on top. Sprinkle with a few chopped pistachios and serve.
Tags:
Spanish
simple
weekday
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