- Serves: 1 1/2 cups
- Active Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
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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. If desired, stir in the vanilla bean.. Transfer to the refrigerator for at least 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. Transfer to a high speed blender and process until smooth. Add water as needed to create the consistency you need. If using the paste in baked recipes, use as little water as possible. If the paste is runny, it will add additional moisture to the recipe and impact negatively on 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 ground spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, or sea salt along with a bit of fresh lemon juice.