There’s something incredibly refreshing about a cold fruit salad on hot day. It hydrates and satisfies your belly and sweet tooth in perfect harmony. But since we don’t always have all the right and ripe fruit on hand at the exact moment when we’re craving a fruit salad it’s always a good idea to keep a stock of dried fruit in the house.
Hold on, dried fruit = fruit salad? Something is not computing!
Surprising as it might sound, you can actually make a VERY delicious and refreshing dish from a dried fruit, plus keeping the ingredients on hand is easy.
Easy + Delicious = Good… no question there! So let’s get to the what and how of it, shall we?
- Small saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- 4 cups filtered water
- 3 ounces dried apples
- 3 ounces dried pears
- 3 ounces dried apricots
- ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezes is best
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed is best
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Raw or candied pecans, optional
- Divide the water into two, two cups in a container and two cups in a small saucepan
- Soak the dried fruit in the container with the 2 cups of water for an hour
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining water, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar
- Bring the saucepan to a simmer
- Add the soaked dried fruit, including the water it was soaked in
- Bring to a boil, stirring regularly
- Reduce heat to medium low
- Add cinnamon stick
- Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Remove from the heat and set aside to cool
- Remove cinnamon stick
- Serve cold and garnish with raw or candied pecans