Dried Fruit Dessert with Greek Yogurt

A dessert with dried fruit, honey and greek yogurt to welcome the new year!
Easy to make, and we put it in the refrigerator to wait for us to savor it. It suits our festive table!
Dried fruit (fruit that a large part of their initial water content is removed) such as raisins, figs, dates, apricots, etc. is one of the bases of the Mediterranean diet for millennia.

They have a long tradition, which dates from the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia. They are prized for their sweet taste, nutritional value and long lifespan.
Even today, the consumption of dried fruits is widespread.

Ingredients

  • 18 dried plums
  • 18 dried apricots
  • 200 g cooked and peeled chestnuts
  • 100 g dried papaya
  • 3 cups walnuts chopped in large pieces and 6-8 half pieces for decoration
  • ½ kg greek yogurt
  • 1 cinnamon stick and some ground cinnamon powder
  • 1 glass of sangria wine
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200 g honey
  • 150 g butter
In a small nonstick pan add the butter and half honey.
Once melted, add the chopped nuts. Mix thoroughly to homogenize and let it boil to caramelize.
Pour contents of pan into a 25 cm diameter opening form.
Spread the caramelized nuts pressing them with a spoon to spread evenly. This will be the base of the dessert. Put the form in the refrigerator until you prepare the filling
In the same pan add the remaining half of honey and 2 tbsp brown sugar
Add the papaya, the cinnamon stick, apricots and plums cut in two. We will add the chestnuts later.
Pour the sangria and cook until it evaporates and the fruits are caramelised.
Shortly before we finish with the pan add the chestnuts, stirring gently once or twice (chestnuts caramelize easier than the rest).
This is how the caramelized fruits-nuts will look. They should be somewhat dry, without too much syrup.
We leave them aside to cool
We get the form from the refrigerator and spread yogurt over the base with the caramelized walnuts, taking care to leave a 3 cm ring around it …
… in which we will arrange the caramelized fruit. Put the form back in the refrigerator until it is time to be served.
Just before serving, decorate with the walnut halves and sprinkle with the ground cinnamon.

It's better to make this dessert from the day before, so it has time for the flavors to unite and the ingredients to solidify.
* Serve 8-10 people.
** We can use other, different dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates, pineapple, etc.
*** The chestnuts I used were precooked.
Happy New Year