Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
Fresh fruit bobbing in bowls of water is usually brought to an Italian table as the finale to a meal. This fresh fruit dessert goes one step further with the addition of confectioner's sugar and Marsala wine. Simple but elegant, it is a good ending to a company meal, especially when served in fancy wine or fruit goblets.
2 ripe medium peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 pint ripe strawberries, stemmed, wiped, and cut in half
6 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
In a bowl, gently mix the peaches, strawberries, sugar, and wine. Cover the bowl and let the fruit macerate at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
To serve, divide the fruit among wine or fruit goblets, and accompany with biscotti, if you wish.
Variation: Eliminate the sugar and Marsala. Mix the fruits together, place them in wine or fruit goblets, and pour Asti Spumante into each, filling it to the top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.