- Serves: 1 1/2 cups
- Active Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 2 hrs
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Step 1: Making the Fruit Paste• 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice
• 1 cup water (or as needed)
• 1 vanilla bean, optional
If necessary, pit the fruit. Place the fruit in a small bowl and cover with the water. Transfer to the refrigerator for about 4 hours or until the fruit is completely rehydrated. Once reconstituted, the fruit can be used to sweeten recipes like smoothies, dressings, etc.
To make a more “paste-like” mix, soak the dried fruit for 1 to 2 hours or until quite soft. Strain and reserve the liquid. Transfer fruit to a high-speed blender and process until smooth. If adding the vanilla bean, scrape the seeds from the pod and add it to the blender as well. Also, note that vanilla extract could also be used, but the vanilla bean not only adds beautiful flavor, it also adds nice flecks of vanilla.
If needed, add the reserved liquid to adjust to the consistency you desire. If using the paste in baked recipes, use as little liquid as possible. If the paste is runny, it will add additional moisture to the recipe and negatively affect the finished product.
This mixture will keep for over a week, covered, and refrigerated. Alternatively, it can be frozen for several months. It will not freeze solid which facilitates scooping out exact amounts.
Note: For a different flavor note, add a pinch of sea salt or ground spice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or cardamom, along with a bit of fresh lemon juice.