Fruit and Nut Casserole


  • 675 g (1 ½ lbs) dried fruit such as apricots, prunes, figs, peaches, pears and apples
  • 1.75 litres (3 pints) hot Earl Grey or jasmine tea
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 allspice berries
  • 50 g (2 oz) each pine nuts, hazelnuts, flaked almonds, walnut pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sweet muscat wine – optional


Put the dried fruit in a lidded flameproof casserole, and pour on the hot tea. Add the lemon grass, ginger, bay leaves and allspice. Bring to the boil, cover, and cook in a preheated oven at 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3 for 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Remove from the oven, and allow to cool. Toast the nuts in a heavy frying pan until just crisp and golden.

When the fruit is just warm, stir in the nuts, and the wine, if using it. This is very good served with chilled thick Greek yoghurt.