If you're making this in advance, microwave for 10 seconds before serving. Saffron threads are available in most supermarkets.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
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.