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May 26, 2020

Our Best Dried Fruit Recipes

Dried fruit is healthy, nutritious and it tastes good. What more could you want in a truly portable snack? How about if you could use that healthy, nutritious snack in the kitchen when cooking up a fabulous meal for your family?

Dried fruit from Chandra Foods is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of dishes and we are going to share three of our favourites with you now. Let’s take a look:

3 Of Our Best Dried Fruit Recipes

Granola With Cranberries, Mulberries, Dates And Figs

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 250g rolled spelt
  • 100g hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 75g flaked coconut
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 8-10 dried figs, coarsely chopped
  • 8 medjool dates, coarsely chopped
  • A large handful of mulberries
  • A handful of dried unsweetened cranberries

How To Make It:

  • Preheat the oven to 175C.
  • In a saucepan heat the oil and maple syrup to a simmer and remove.
  • Mix the oats, hazelnuts, coconut, and salt in a bowl.
  • Stir in the liquid and mix until everything is coated.
  • Spread evenly on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Put it back in the bowl and mix in the spices and dried fruit.
  • Store the granola in an airtight container.

Radicchio And Raisin Salad

Ingredients:

For The Salad:

  • 1 head round purple radicchio
  • 3 heads Belgian endive
  • 120ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 50g golden raisins

For The Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbsp walnut oil

To Serve:

  • 50g salad leaf thinnings, roots trimmed
  • 28g toasted pecans, roughly chopped

How To Make It:

To make the salad:

Peel off the leaves from the head of radicchio and tear into large pieces.

Separate the endive leaves and slice each heart in half lengthwise.

In a small pan over low heat, warm the vinegar until it starts to simmer, then add the raisins and poach very gently over low heat for 5 minutes.

Allow to cool and remove the raisins from the vinegar. Set aside.

To make the dressing:

Whisk together the vinegar, salt, pepper to taste, and the oil in a large bowl.

To Serve:

  • Add the radicchio, endive, and raisins to the bowl with the dressing and toss.
  • Plate on a shallow platter and toss the spicy seedlings or microgreens and nuts over at the last minute.

Feta, Date And Sweetcorn Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 curry leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh turmeric
  • ½ green chilli, finely chopped
  • 400g red onions, sliced finely into half moons
  • 200g feta, cut into 5mm dice
  • 200g dates, cut into 5mm dice
  • 300g tinned sweetcorn, drained
  • 5 spring onions, finely sliced into rounds
  • A large bunch of coriander, chopped
  • A large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 170g gram or chickpea flour
  • 75g polenta
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • Rapeseed oil for deep frying

How To Make It:

  • Heat the olive oil over a high heat in a heavy-bottomed pan until smoking, then add the curry leaves, fennel and cumin seeds, turmeric and chilli.
  • Fry until aromatic, reduce the heat slightly, then add the red onions and cook for 10–15 minutes, until caramelised.
  • Remove from the heat, tip into a bowl, and leave to cool.
  • Add the feta, dates, sweetcorn, spring onions, coriander, and parsley.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Whisk the buttermilk and eggs together and stir into the bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Add the feta and date mix and stir well.
  • Heat some rapeseed oil in a deep-fat fryer or a large, deep pan.
  • Drop spoonful’s of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden, flipping the fritters over in the oil to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper, and leave in a warm spot while you cook the rest.
  • Serve immediately.

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