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Dried Fruit Condiment

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 1 topped toast)
If you're making this in advance, microwave for 10 seconds before serving. Saffron threads are available in most supermarkets.

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, preferably unwaxed
  • 8 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 8 dates, pitted and finely chopped
  • 4 dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
  • 6 saffron threads
  • 5 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 thin slices whole-wheat or multigrain baguette, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 147
  • fat 0.4 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 8 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of zest from 1 orange. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the zest and boil for 2 minutes. Drain in a sieve, then immediately rinse under cold water until cool. Cut the zest lengthwise into fine slivers.

  2. Squeeze the juice of the zested orange into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then stir in the apricots, dates, and figs. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Squeeze the juice from the remaining orange. In a deep skillet, heat the honey over medium heat until pale caramel in color. Add the orange juice, stir well, and bring to a boil. Add the dried fruit mixture and simmer for 5-6 minutes.

  4. Add the cumin, saffron, vinegar, and orange zest. Mix well and transfer to a bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature with toasts.

Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good by Alain Ducasse, Paul Neyrat, and Christophe Saintagne (Rizzoli). Copyright 2012.