Category Archives: Dried Fruit

Christmas treats

In Sydney, Christmas falls in the middle of summer; this also happens to be when cherries are at their best. My recipe this week uses dried cherries, which I managed to track down at a local health food store, and pistachios, for their green christmasy colour. This recipe makes  a lot of fudge, so it is perfect for sharing and / or giving as home-made gifts to friends and family. I ended up making a double batch so that I would have plenty to go around. I wrapped squares of fudge in clear cello gift wrap then placed them in gift bags and boxes as presents.

With the salt quantity specified below, this is specifically for salt flakes, if you are using regular table salt proceed with caution and only use 1/4 of a teaspoon or less.

What I was cooking this time last year: Raspberry, Goat Cheese and Pistachio Salad

Chocolate Fudge with Cherries and Pistachios


  • 75g butter
  • 395g tin condensed milk
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 220g dark chocolate
  • 100g pistachios
  • 125g dried cherries
  • Cooking oil spray to grease your tin


  • Pre-heat the oven on to 180°C.
  • Transfer the pistachios to an oven proof dish and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

Pistachios shelled green nuts

  • Line a tray with grease-proof paper and spray with cooking oil.
  • Add the butter, condensed milk, vanilla, salt and brown sugar to a saucepan.

Fudge ingredients


  • Stir the saucepan of fudge mixture over a medium heat until the butter is melted and the fudge starts to thicken.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir to combine.

Chocolate caramel fudge

  • Add the cherries and pistachios to the chocolate fudge and stir to combine.
  • Pour the fudge into the lined tray and refrigerate until cool.

Chocolate cherry pistachio fudge

  • Remove the fudge from the tray and peel off the grease-proof paper.
  • Cut the fudge into serving size pieces. Your fudge is ready to serve or wrap for gifts. Enjoy.

Chocolate cherry pistachio fudge

What are your favourite christmas flavours? Has this post inspired any new ideas?


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Energy boost

Things are starting to warm up in Sydney, and as a result we are all starting to strip off the layers of clothing and show a little more flesh. Creating a healthy snack was the inspiration for this recipe. I got the idea for these energy bars from a post by the Kitchn – it looked so simple and tasty I had to give it a try.

You can purchase dry roasted unsalted almonds. If you have raw nuts, the only thing you need to turn the oven on for is if you want to roast your nuts, you could of course use them raw.

You could experiment with different combinations of your favourite dried fruits, nuts, seeds and spices to come up with your own flavour creations. You will however need some sticky dried fruits like dates or figs to help the ingredients bind together.

Dried fruits

What I was cooking this time last year: Prawn and Pumpkin Curry

Energy Bars


  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds
  • 130g dried cranberries
  • 250g dried figs


  • Add the almonds, cranberries and dried figs to the food processor bowl.

Almonds, figs, cranberries

  • Process until combined – the mixture will still have some texture.

Energy bar mixture

  • Transfer the mixture to a plastic lined tray and press out evenly.

Energy mix tray

  • Allow to chill in the fridge.
  • Slice into pieces and serve or store in an air-tight container. Enjoy.

What is your favourite healthy snack recipe? Has this post inspired any new ideas?

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