8 servings

Poaching infuses the apricots with sweet wine and softens the fruit. You can use sour cream in place of crème fraîche, if desired.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare the apricots, combine the first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla beans; add seeds and beans to wine mixture. Bring to a boil; add apricots. Reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove apricots with a slotted spoon. Bring wine mixture to a boil; cook until reduced to 2 1/4 cups (about 20 minutes). Cool to room temperature. Cut the apricots in half; remove pits. Combine the wine mixture and apricot halves in a shallow dish, and discard vanilla beans. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Step 2

To prepare the crème fraîche, combine commercial crème fraîche, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla, and a dash of salt.

Step 3

Arrange 3 apricot halves, 3 tablespoons blueberries, and 3 tablespoons raspberries onto each of 8 dessert plates. Drizzle each serving with about 2 tablespoons wine mixture; top each with 1 tablespoon crème fraîche.

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