- 12 dried apricots
- 4 oranges
- 1 mango
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon honey
- handful of almonds or hazelnuts
- 250 gram mascarpone cheese
- a few leaves of mint for decorating
Kitchen equipment needed
- Chef’s knife + cutting board
- 1 small saucepan
Preparing the apricots — 10 minutes + waiting time
SOAK the dried apricots in water for 1 to 2 hours before continuing. After waiting said period of time, drain the apricots and put them aside. SQUEEZE juice from 4 oranges. Finely chop the almonds or hazelnuts and set aside.
Putting it together — 15 minutes
Pour the freshly squeezed orange juice into the small saucepan. Put on low heat. Make a syrup using star anise, honey and the stick of cinnamon. Bring the orange juice to a boil and keep stirring until the honey has been dissolved. You can add more honey as you’d like. Let simmer until the syrup becomes thick, this will usually take up 6 to 8 minutes. Bring the mascarpone cheese to taste using this slightly cooled off syrup (don’t use all of it!).
Heat the apricots using the remaining syrup. Divide the mango into strips, cubes or any shape you’d like. Grab a plate and repeat the next step for each plate:
Divide some of the mango, 4 warm apricots, a part of the mascarpone mixture and chopped hazelnuts or walnuts on each plate. Chop some mint and add it to each plate to add some color, enjoy!