Mixed Fruit With Vanilla-Apple Syrup

For the best texture, choose crisp apples. Instead of Granny Smith, you can also use Fuji or McIntosh. Bartlett or Bosc pears would also make great choices.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 12 Minutes
Other Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes


1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
2 oranges, peeled, sectioned, and halved
1 cup red seedless grapes
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1. Stir together sugar, apple juice, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture is reduced by about one-third. Remove pan from heat; stir in vanilla, and cool 30 minutes. Chill 2 hours.

2. Combine apples and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle chilled syrup over fruit, gently tossing to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and chill fruit mixture up to 24 hours.

Note: Syrup may be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week in the refrigerator.