Stewed Holiday Fruit Recipe

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Dried apricots, prunes and fresh bananas are drizzled with a sweet cider and marmalade sauce in this fruity concoction from our Test Kitchen, Hints of cinnamon and citrus lend a festive zest to each cool spoonful. Serve a bowlful of this fun fruit for breakfast, snacktime or dessert.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 12 dried apricots
  • 12 dried plums
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup fruit with 1/4 cup sauce) equals 259 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the apricots, plums, cider, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; refrigerate overnight.
  2. Strain cider, reserving liquid; set apricots and prunes aside. Discard spices. In a small saucepan, combine the marmalade, lemon juice, butter and reserved cider. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cool. Divide apricots, prunes and bananas among serving dishes; drizzle with cooled sauce. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Stewed Holiday Fruit in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p10

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I enjoy the homey goodness of this stewed fruit when the weather is cool. I don't care for orange marmalade so I substituted apricot preserves."

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