We've all spooned our favorite jam or a few sliced seasonal berries on top of our favorite yogurt, and we know it's delicious. But steeped dried fruit goes even beyond that: it allows you to have whatever fruit your heart desires regardless of the time of year or stock at the farmers' market. Feel like cherries? Done. Mango craving? No problem. I first read about steeping fruit in Amy Pennington's The Urban Pantry, a wonderful guide on stocking the pantry and making everything from homemade yogurt to grainy pancakes. I'd certainly heard about soaking dried fruits in brandy or even hot water to plump them up for baking, but I'd never thought to do a juicy infusion with them, using sugar and spices and fragrant tea. Pennington mentions spooning the steeping fruit over yogurt or serving it alongside grilled meats or as the star of a fruit platter.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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