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    Italia Grapes with Fromage Frais and Praline

    The delicate muscat flavour of this large and fleshy grape is complemented by Orange Muscat & Flora, a late-harvested Australian dessert wine. Pine kernels in the praline add to the Mediterranean feel of this quick and easy dessert.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 8 minutes
    • Total time: 28 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 200ml Brown Brothers Late Harvested Orange Muscat & Flora Australian wine
    • 300g Italia Green Seeded Grapes, cut in half (remove the seeds if desired)
    • 25g pine kernels
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 500g pot Waitrose Virtually Fat Free Fromage Frais


    1. Place the wine in a pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the grapes and simmer for 30-60 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove the grapes and place in a bowl to cool.
    2. To make the praline, line a baking sheet with tin foil and scatter with the pine kernels. Bring the wine back to the boil for about 3 minutes until reduced by a third. Stir in the sugar and lower the heat until it has dissolved. Increase the heat and boil for about 4 minutes until the sugar turns golden brown in colour and caramelises. Test to see if it is going to set hard enough by removing the pan from the heat and putting a drop of the mixture in cold water. It should harden after 45 seconds. If not, return to the heat for 1 minute and test again.
    3. Remove the caramel from the heat and allow to cool for 1 minute before pouring it over the pine kernels. When completely cold, break it up and place in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to a fine, crunchy praline.
    4. Spoon a little fromage frais into the base of 4 serving glasses and sprinkle with a layer of praline followed by a layer of grapes. Repeat the layering twice more finishing with a few grapes on top. There is no need for the layering to be very precise in quantity as random layers look attractive.

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    Cook's tips

    Replace the pine kernels with other nuts such as chopped hazelnuts and slivered almonds. Instead of wine, you can use water or orange juice. There is no need to reduce it after poaching the grapes; measure out 125ml and proceed with the recipe.


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