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Recipes A to Z....."D" is for Dried Fruit

Updated on August 26, 2009

The Many Uses of Dried Fruit

Dried fruit can be used with rice and grains, with breads, cakes and candies, with cookies and desserts, meats, pies, salads, soups and stews.

I have chosen recipes with raisins, dates, dried apricots and dried cranberries.

I hope you enjoy them!

Home-made Granola

5 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

1 cup sliced almonds

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup honey

1 cup non-fat dry milk

1 cup wheat germ

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sesame seeds (optional)

Mix in large bowl. Transfer to baking pan with sides. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes. When done, stir in 1 cup dried fruit.( cranberries, raisins) Very good!

Bread Pudding with Raisins

1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup powered milk

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup melted butter

1 pound loaf day-old bread, torn into pieces

Blend water and powered milk together. Add eggs. Combine salt, vanilla and sugar. Stir into milk mixture. Add raisins and butter. Mix in bread until lightly moistened. Do not over-mix. Bake at 350 degrees F in a well-greased 8 inch square pan until lightly browned, about 45 minutes.

Drizzle Vanilla Sauce over warm bread pudding. Makes 6-8 servings.

Vanilla Sauce

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup powered milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups water, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 drops yellow food coloring

In saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk. Blend in 1/2 cup water, stirring until smooth. Add vanilla and food coloring that have been mixed with the remaining cup of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.

Zucchini Bread with Dates

4 eggs

1 cup applesauce

2 cups sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 cup chopped dates

Beat eggs until foamy. If the zucchini is large, remove the seeds before grating. Add applesauce, sugar, zucchini and vanilla to the eggs. Mix lightly but well. Combine and add dry ingredients. Add dates.

Pour into 2 greased and waxed-paper lined loaf pans (9 X 5 X 3 inch). Bake at 325-350  degrees F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. Cool on rack. Can be baked in a sheet cake pan and iced with lemon frosting for dessert.

I have made this in loaves and it is delicious without any frosting! Very moist!

Wheat-Free Muffins with Dried Apricots

1 cup rice flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup soy milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries or blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 1 (12 cup) muffin pan. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, combine nuts, honey, oil, milk and eggs. Combine egg mixture with flour mixture, stirring gently. Stir in apricots and berries. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until muffins are lightly browned and springy to the touch.

Drop Oatmeal-Yogurt Cookies

1 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup soft butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together flour, oatmeal, yogurt and butter. Let it set for 5-10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add sugar, vanilla, cranberries and nuts and mix. Drop onto baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes. Store in a cool place. Makes about 2 dozen.


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    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      You're very welcome, Bob. I enjoy your hubs, as well.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

      Great info here, thanks.