Medjool Compote (Sweet)

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2½ cups

Ingredients

2 cups Medjool dates, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup hot water
2 tablespoons honey
1 cinnamon stock
2 star anise

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and place tempeature on a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture is a soft compote. Serve with cheeses, cakes, or on warm sweet breads.

Medjool Chutney (Savory)

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Makes 2½ cups

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1-2 red chilies, chopped fine
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted and chopped fine
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked chili powder
2 teaspoons honey
½ cup hot water

Directions

In a sauté pan heat olive oil and sauté onions, garlic and ginger. Add chilies and sauté another minute. Add dates, raisins, sugar, curry, cumin, chili powder and honey and sauté and stir well. Add the hot water and cook, allowing to boil for about 4 minutes. Place in a food processor and pulse until desired chutney consistency.

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