I made this yummy fruit salad for breakfast one Valentine’s Day a few years back, served with a delicious vanilla cream. Anything with booze in it gets my vote – even if it is for brekkie! As predicted, it was a little too delicate for Mr. D. who preferred the more robust eggs Benedict I served up afterwards!
This fruit salad is based on a dessert I used to order whenever I used to visit my favourite restaurant in Baker Street: mixed berries in champagne topped with a lemon sorbet. The fruits I ended up using would not have necessarily been my first choice (all they had that appealed to me when I popped into the supermarket the night before!) it all actually worked rather well: the crispness of the apple against the tart softness of the raspberries, the sweetness of the mango, with the zinginess of the grapefruit. I’m not a breakfast person but if this was breakfast every day, I would happily tuck in.
It’s autumn now, when breakfast is supposed to be comforting and warming, but I remembered this recipe and just had to share it. And of course its not just for breakfast. Despite the sugar and wine, you could almost fool yourself into thinking it was healthy! Who said salads can’t be decadent???
1 Granny Smith’s apple
1 pink grapefruit
500ml Sparkling rosé wine
2 tbspns Caster sugar
1. Make a sugar syrup by heating the sugar with 2 tablespoons of the wine until sugar has completely dissolved and syrup thickened slightly. Leave to cool.
2. Peel and dice the mango.
3. Remove peel and pith from grapefruit and cut into segments.
4. Core and chop apple, leaving peel on if you wish.
5. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple.
6. Combine prepared fruit in a bowl with the raspberries.
7. Add remainder of the rosé wine to the syrup.
8. Pour sweetened wine over the fruits.
9. Serve with cream,yogurt, ice-cream or sorbet.
If the recipe above isn’t quite your cup of tea (or glass of rosé!) don’t worry – maybe one of these boozy fruit salads will float your fruit bowl!
Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, kiwi fruit with rum.
Raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants and blueberries in champagne
Lychees, rambutans, melon, papaya and dragon fruit in gin
Peaches, raspberries, nectarines and apricots in Prosecco
Apples, pear, plums, apricots and blackberries in mulled cider
Kumquats, Clementine’s, blood orange, quince, figs, in mulled wine