Fruit Compote with Almond Cream

You can still enjoy sweet flavours without adding refined sugar; here is an idea to get you going.
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 225 g Dried Unsulphured Apricots
  • 100 g Dried dates, or other dried fruit - no pips
  • 1 Juice and Rind of Large Orange
  • Dash of Apple Juice
  • 4 Sweet Apples eg. Cox or Bareburn, sliced
  • 225 g Whole Almonds
  • 250 ml Pressed Apple Juice
  • 1 tsp Almond Essence

Instructions
 

  • Put the apricots, dried fruit, orange juice and peel in a large pan. Add a dash of apple juice to cover.
  • Bring to the boil , reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the apples to the pan and continue to simmer very gently for 25 minutes
  • Serve hot, warm or cold or puree in a food processor
  • To make the cream, Whizz almonds to a fine powder in the blender or food processor. You will probably need to stop a few times and give the whole thing a good shake- the finer the powder the smoother the cream. Keep the blender whizzing and slowly add apple juice to the consistency you like. This amount of apple juice should produce a thickish ‘single cream’. Add essence and whizz again to serve. For a change try adding vanilla.

Notes

This compote is good for desserts, snacking or breakfast with or without the ‘cream’.
Keyword Dessert, fruit