I didn't do anything fancy to serve the poached apples and peach, just put them in a bowl and poured a little syrup over the top.
To be honest, I'm not a huge poached fruit fan, so I only had a few tastes (which were quite good), but the mister loves poached apples or pears, and he gobbled up the rest.
I thought the leftover poaching syrup would be an excellent base for a mixed drink or two, and I was right. One of my favorite classic cocktails is a Bee's Knees, which calls for gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice. The poaching syrup (which does include honey as well as white sugar) was a fabulous stand-in for honey syrup, and I loved the resulting concoction, which I'll call a Wasp's Knees (a wasp is really just a spicier version of a bee, right?).
|Mr Leaven and Little Leaven enjoying their Wasp's Knees|
For the poached apple recipe, pick up your own copy of Around My French Table or find the recipe at the end of this page from the NY Times online!