About this recipe: A really, truly gorgeous dried fruit salad that I serve in the evenings to share with my mum and sisters over a good movie. Of course you don't have to use organic food or rainforest honey... but sometimes these little touches help I think. Add the pine nuts however much or little you like them, about 2 tablespoons is good for me.
I have made a dried fruit salad similar to this in the past and my tip is to soak the dried fruits in cold, black Earl Grey tea instead of just water. It really adds a lovely fragrance and flavour. - 27 Feb 2013
My grandmother added some spices that really enhanced the flavors and made the whole house smell divine: She would add a few sticks of cinnamon, 2-3 cloves and sometimes when available- 2-3 crushed cardamom pods with seeds while simmering. She served it hot in winter and fall and called it "hot fruit compote". We would top our ice cream with it, and when cold we would top it on cottage cheese. and dip with plain or graham crackers. She did not add nuts or cranberries to it, I think that is a good idea Pixie!.- Thanks for reminding me of this recipe I haven't made it for years. - 08 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I was very pleased with this salad. Of course, I had to tweak it somewhat (don't think I've ever made a recipe without at least one change). I was afraid that it didn't have enough liquid, so I added two cups of o.j. before simmering. And since I didn't have pinenuts, I used cashews left from Christmas. I would rename it "Really, Truly Delicious Dried Fruit Salad as it isn't really that pretty! Served it to a crowd of 20 this evening and they all seemed to love it. Thanks, Pixiex3 - 07 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)