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Côgnà (Italian Fall Fruit Conserve)

September 14, 2012
Author Notes

This recipe was inspired by chef Peter Pastan’s recipe in Food and Wine Magazine, October 2008. Côgnà (pronounced C??-gna) is a Piedmontese conserve traditionally made with red wine must and fall fruits and nuts, typically hazelnuts and/or walnuts. This bold compote has a sweetness somewhere between a jam and a chutney. It’s right at home on a cheese plate, and a perfect partner for braised and roasted meats. —Bob Vivant

  • Makes 4 cups
  • 1 750ml bottle young, fruity red wine (Beaujolais or Zinfandel)
  • 1 pound fresh figs
  • 6 pears
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange rind, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and roughly chopped
In This Recipe
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the hazelnuts in a large bowl. Refrigerate and let macerate for an hour.
  2. Pour the contents of the bowl into a large, non-reactive pan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until very thick and reduced, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  3. Discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Stir in the hazelnuts and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
  4. Process the conserve immediately using your method of choice. If you’re a canning novice, The National Center for Home Food Preservation is a great resource. Or skip the canning step and refrigerate your Côgnà for up to three months.

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