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Papaya Poached in Cinnamon-Lime Syrup

Prep time
3 hrs
Special Diets


Fruit simmered in cinnamon syrup is a typical after-dinner treat throughout Mexico.


2 cwater
1 csugar
3 lbpapaya (halved and seeded, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch wedges)
6 lime peel strips (additional lime peel strips for use as garnish)
1 cinnamon stick
3 Tlime juice (fresh)
  sour cream (to taste as garnish)


Bring water and sugar to a boil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil until syrup thickens slightly, approximately 6 minutes. Add papaya wedges, fresh lime juice,lime peel strips, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until papayas are just tender, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer papayas to bowl. Boil syrup until reduced to 1 cup, ~ 6 minutes. Pour syrup over papayas and chill at least two hours and up to one day. Spoon papayas and syrup into 6 dessert dishes. Drizzle with sour cream, and garnish with lime peels.