Dried fruit is delicious to eat out of hand as a healthy snack but when you’re cooking or baking, it’s better to soften them a bit so they stay plump and moist without absorbing too much of the liquid that may have another use in the dish. Here’s how to do it:
Place dried fruit in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes until plump then strain and use. For added flavor, use a hard liquor like rum, bourbon, or brandy, any flavored liqueur, or even fruit juice instead of water. Just warm the liquid in the microwave then pour over the dried fruit.
This technique allows you to not only soften the dried fruit but also to give them an extra boost of flavor. Plus, softening makes it easier to cut and is a great way to get use out of that dried fruit that may be just a little too dry from being in your pantry for a while. Experiment with different liquids and your taste buds will rejoice!
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