Everything you might like about fruitcake without the actual cake.
Prep time:10 minutes
Total time:40 minutes
Yield:Makes 6 desserts
Brandied Fruit Cups
1/2 cupdried cranberries
1/2 cupdried pineapples, chopped
1/2 cupdried apricots, chopped
1 teaspoonvanilla extract
4 tablespoonswhite sugar, divided
1 cupheavy whipping cream
1/2 cupwalnuts, chopped
2 ounces40 proof brandy
Handfulchopped cranberries, optional garnish
Combine cranberries, pineapples, apricots in a mixing bowl. Stir. Add water, juice, extract and 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir about 1 minute and let stand 15 minutes, or until cranberries are plump and pineapple is tender.
Pour contents into heavy-bottomed skillet. Bring to low boil over medium heat and simmer, until liquids are reduced, about 15 minutes.
Combine whipping cream and remaining sugar in food processor. Process cream until soft peaks form, about 30 seconds.
Pour brandy into pan. Ignite brandy with long match. Cook until flames recede. Assemble dessert in small custard cups. Garnish with cranberries and nestle cookies in cream. Serve immediately.