A dish cooked exclusively with fruits and dates, which comfortably could be said a “dessert” is today’s recipe. The apple and pear compote with dates is an intensely aromatic, sweet and sour dessert, which covers the desire for sweet and fills you for a long time, since it is very rich in fiber. The intense sweetness of dates, is balanced with the acid of lemon and orange juice and in combination with the other fruits, gives a wonderful dish.
Every year during Lent we are fasting. Not that the rest of the time we eat meat often. We love legumes, vegetables and salads; so fasting is a piece of cake! But when it comes the time for dessert, things are a bit difficult Most Lenten sweets are calorie bombs, so I usually eat a piece of dark chocolate. However, this compote is an ideal Lenten dessert.
For the benefits of apples I will not tell you much. Besides, I think most of us grew up with the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. I still remember my grandmother chasing me with an apple in her hand. I sometimes wonder how am I still eating them….
Apples are rich in vitamin C, biotin, potassium and fiber. They have strong antioxidant properties, especially in their skins. They stimulate the body and detoxifie and has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. It is considered one of the best choices for dietary prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, because it protects from cell damage attenuate the memory over time.
Pears are rich in fiber (15% RDA), catechins, and combat high cholesterol. They are a major source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, Cu, P, folic acid and niacin. In smaller amounts they contain calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, sodium and sulfur.
For the impressive properties of dates we talked in detail in the post Dates, the energy booster. The apples I used are of the Golden variety, which I had used in my unsweetened homemade applesauce. It is the sweetest apples and sweetens any preparation perfectly.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- 2 small apples, cut into small pieces
- 2 small pears, cut into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 80-90 gr. (3oz) dried dates, cut into small pieces
- zest of 2 oranges
- 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- additional orange zest for decoration
- Put the apples, pears and lemon juice in a saucepan, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat until soften.
- In a small saucepan, over low heat, put the dates, orange juice and zest and allow to simmer until liquid is absorbed and dates are soften, about 5 minutes, stirring.
- If you like, mash the fruit with the puree tool, as I did.
- Serve the compote, lukewarm or cold in a bowl. With the aid of two spoons or an ice-cream spoon, make pellets with the mixture of dates, and place them onto the compost. Decorate with some orange zest.
The recipe of the pear & apple compote with dates, is adapted from the Australian’s Women’s Weekly.
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