As the Italian tradition has it, the Christmas feast should end with dry fruits stuffed with nuts. This is symbolic of welfare, prosperity and a long life. There may be all kinds of fruit – figs, dried apricots, dates or prunes, the same goes for nuts – hazelnuts, almond or walnuts. In this season stores offer prepared sets of stuffed and nicely laid-out fruits that are in great demand, whereas many housewives prefer to buy the ingredients separately and do the stuffing at home – it comes out cheaper.
Ingredients for Dry Fruits with Nuts
- 0.4 lb dates
- 0.2 lb figs
- 0.1 lb dried apricots
- a mixture of different nuts – almond, hazelnuts, walnuts
- sugared mandarins, oranges or marmalade
Recipe for Dry Fruits with Nuts
- Take the nuts out of shells. Put them in hot water for a couple of minutes and peel. Dry them in the oven.
- Wash and dry fruits.
- Take out the stones from the dates. Figs’ stones are small and dried apricots are sold without stones, so leave them be.
- Put one or two nuts in each fruit, or half a nut if it’s a walnut.
- Place the fruit nicely on a dish, decorate slices of candied tangerines and oranges, or just marmalade.