This dried fruit salad is an amazing dessert when you don’t know what to serve or are running out of time to purchase fresh ingredients as it can be made with ingredients that can be stocked in your pantry long in advance.
Ingredients for 10 persons
Dried Apricots- 250 grams or 25 pieces
Dried Prunes – 100 grams or 10 pieces
Nuts and Seeds- as your heart desires 💗
Orange 🍊 or Nectarine juice- 2 cups
Orange blossom water- 1 tea spoon (optional but this gives it an oriental flavour)
🌱 Liqueur- one shot (optional =alcohol)
Soak the dried apricots as is, in warm water for 2 to 3 hours.
Take half a cup of the soaked apricots and blend it to purée.
Drain the remaining apricots from their water, and cut in quarters.
Cut the dry prunes in halves.
In a serving bowl, mix together the pieces of apricot, prune and the puréed mixture.
Add any seeds and nuts that you have in your pantry to give it a crunch. These could be cashew, almond, walnut, pumpkin seeds, coconut 🥥 shavings, Goji berries, etc.
Make sure the choice of nuts / seeds are raw and unsalted (as this is a dessert 😊)
Add the spoon of water of the Orange Blossom then add the orange / nectarine juice to cover.
Keep in the fridge to cool.
Here in the pictured dessert I have almond slivers, walnut pieces, pine seeds and dried Goji berries.
For a festive taste you can add a shot of Grand Marnier or Poire Hélène or any fruity liqueur 😊 (alcohol!!)
You will notice that the juice will thicken and disappear over time; Which adds to the sweet taste.
So go ahead and prepare it one day in advance.
This fruit salad keeps very well in the fridge for up to a week.
Apricots Health Benefits
🍑 Good source of Vitamin A, also known as retinol which makes it excellent for the eyes and the skin
🍑 Rich in fibers
🍑 Good for the heart and blood circulation and known to strengthen the bones
🍑 Packed with antioxidants
🍑 It’s diet- friendly