Stewed Strawberries in Pinot Noir
Years ago I was just in time to walk in the front door of Lauraine Jacob’s house just as she was finishing up from a photo shoot for the Listener, immediately this dessert was thrust in my hands with the instructions to “try this”. So I did. And it is still one of my most favourite desserts to this day.
2 punnets strawberries
1 vanilla bean
4 tbsp sugar
1 cup pinot noir
1 large orange
1 cup Greek yogurt
8 mint leaves, sliced thinly
Remove the tops from the strawberries and cut each in half. Place the vanilla and sugar in a pan with the pinot noir and over gentle heat dissolve the sugar. Add the strawberries and bring to a very gentle simmer. Allow the berries to cook for 3-4 minutes, then remove from the heat.
Chill in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, peel the orange, removing all the white pith and cut into segments or small pieces. Add the orange to the stewed strawberries in the syrup and spoon servings into small glass dishes.
Spoon a little yogurt on top and decorate with the sliced mint.