This is a lovely way to preserve and enjoy the bounty of the season!
1 ½ cups Malbec or red wine
1 ½ pounds small Asian pears, Bosc pears, persimmons or apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole star anise
1 cup Pinehurst Olive Oil Co. Aged Vanilla Balsamic
2″ strip of orange zest
Peel, stem and quarter the fruit. Add all ingredients to a heavy, large pot. Simmer on over low heat until the fruit is tender and the wine mixture has reduced by half. Serve the fruit and its syrup over ice cream, puddings, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt or enjoy them by themselves. This makes a great gift to jar and give away.