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Fresh and dried fruit salad with hot mulled syrup and seasonal nuts

A gorgeous combination of fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts. This is a wonderful Christmas or winter dish.


  • 1 Asian pear thinly sliced

  • 1 commice pear thinly sliced

  • 2 thin slices of baby pineapple skinned

  • 5 raspberries

  • 1 orange segmented

  • 2 dried apricots steeped in rum

  • 25g raisins steeped in rum

  • 15g dried cranberries

  • 2 dried mangoes cut into strips

  • 1 sprig of mint

  • 20g pecan nuts

  • 20g macadamia nuts

  • 20g roasted hazel nuts

  • 200ml good red wine

  • 50gms dark soft sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 cloves

  • Double cream for whipping


  • 1.

    Arrange the fruit in a stack formation in the centre of the plate, place the orange segments around the stack. Place the wine, cinnamon stick, cloves and the sugar in a pan and reduce by one half.

  • 2.

    Then add the dried fruit and nuts and cook for a few minutes. Spoon the syrup over the fruit stack and arrange the dried fruit and nuts in between the orange segments and spoon over more syrup.

  • 3.

    Place the raspberries on top of the stack. Serve with a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream and sprig of mint.

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