Mixed Fruit Paste Sweetener
I mentioned in this previous post about making a sweetener with dried fruits for cereals. well what I did was to blend a few dried soft fruits. So into my food processor i have some apricots, dates, raisins and sultanas. You can get this in the baking section of your supermarket or market.
Now, i would say that you may want to chop the items a bit with a knife before putting in the food processor, as after a while it does form it into a ball.
After blending, store in an air tight container. if the fruits were straight from the pack it should last a while ( about a month or two). however if you washed any fruits like the dates for instance, make sure that they dry off properly before you blend.
To use the paste, simply take a bit into the plate and add a bit of warm milk to break it up. add your cereal and the remaining milk and serve.
You can use any fruit combinations you like, however if you are adding any nuts, make sure your little one has no allergies to the nuts. Also you may want to blend the nuts first into as fine a powder as you can, before you add the remaining dried soft fruits.
I have so much fruit paste, now i am looking for what else i can use it for. if i think of anything i will let you know.
hmmn.... thinking i may make some morrocan inspired lamb sauce with couscous or perhaps mix with some milk, mashed bananas and baby rice; or maybe even do a sort of steamed pudding kinda like Christmas pudding) now where did i stash that bottle of brandy?!!!
If you try this, do let me know how it comes out.