When Fall arrives, I start to think of poached fruits, be it in simple syrup spiked with spices or in wine. Alcohol is not commonly used in our poached fruit, but Indonesian definitely use spices when poaching their fruits. Some of the more common fruits for poaching include: apple, pear, pineapple, water apple, snake fruit, and mango. And since we do quite a lot of fruit poaching, we even have a name for it, setup. The naming convention is pretty straightforward. For example, this recipe uses pineapple (Indonesian: nenas) and water apple (Indonesian: jambu air), so it is called setup nenas dan jambu (air). If you are using other fruits, just name it setup [insert your fruit here]. Setup is great as snack or dessert, and it can be served warm or chilled. If you are having a party, this is a great make ahead dessert, since the flavor actually improves the next day. ♥
Setup Nenas dan Jambu - Poached Pineapple and Water Apple
- 500 ml water
- 200 ml sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick (Indonesian: kayu manis)
- 3 cloves (Indonesian: cengkeh)
- 300 gram pineapple (Indonesian: nenas), cut into bite sizes
- 300 gram water apple (Indonesian: jambu air), cored and cut into bite sizes
- Place water, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add the pineapple and water apple. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat.
- Serve either warm or chilled.