Dried fruit salad (Khoshaf)

khoshaf bowl dupl2This used to be the dessert of choice to offer whenever someone dropped by unexpectedly during the Winter season; for one thing, it is extremely easy to prepare, it can last for days in the fridge, it is delicious and nutritious. Paired with a cup of coffee, what could be better?

INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

2 cups (or more) amardeen juice (use amardeen syrup or paste)

1/2 lb dried apricots (or prunes or dates or a combo)

1/2 cup pistachios (or pine nuts or almonds)

1/2 cup raisins amardeen1. The easy way to prepare this salad is to dilute the apricot syrup (amardeen) in water. You will find both the apricot paste and syrup at any Middle-Eastern market. The paste (one third of it is plenty for this recipe) needs to be soaked in hot water for a few hours; to speed the process, cook it over very gentle heat until the sheets of paste dissolve and run it through a blender to get a smooth texture; it should be the same as a fruit nectar. 

2. Combine it with the dried apricots and nuts. Taste and adjust sweetness; you can add a bit of sugar or lemon juice. You can also switch the nuts or fruits, using almonds or dates or prunes or whatever else is in the pantry. Some folks like to add a touch of rose water or orange blossom water to the apricot sauce. 

pine cone with nuts dupl

Found this pine cone filled with nuts. Shelling these nuts with rocks used to be entertainment (and food) as kids spending our summers in the Chouf mountains (the region is covered with pine trees and cedar trees)

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4 Comments

  1. Posted December 6, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    I had never heard of amardeen… and that apricot paste? I think I could eat it just straight out of the box! Love the idea of rehydrating dried fruit to make a winter fruit salad. Thank you for the inspiration

  2. S
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Joumana, We make something similar in Pakistan, but of course we don’t use the amardeen syrup – I really love that touch – it must add another layer of flavour to the dessert. Love the photo of Lebanon, btw. XO

  3. Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    This looks so luxurious!

  4. Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    A delicious way to use one of my favorite dried fruits. I, too, could eat that apricot paste all by itself :)

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