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    Middle Eastern Spiced Fruit Skewers

    You can also enjoy kebabs for dessert with this spicy fruit creation.

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus 30 minutes marinating
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes

    Makes: 4 skewers

    Ingredients

    • 2 oranges, cut into wedges
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • Juice of 1 orange
    • 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
    • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
    • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
    • 10 apricots or yellow plums, halved and stoned

    Method

    1. Place the sugar with 4 tbsp cold water in a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes to form a thin syrup.
    2. Transfer to a shallow dish and stir in the lemon juice, orange juice, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then add the dates, apricots or plums and oranges. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Drain the fruits, reserving the syrup, and thread onto 4 long metal or wooden skewers. Heat over a prepared barbecue or under a preheated grill for 10-15 minutes, or until beginning to colour.
    4. Serve with Waitrose Orange and Passion Fruit Sorbet, with extra syrup spooned over.

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    Cook's tips

    Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using, to help prevent them burning during cooking. Wipe metal ones with oily kitchen paper to stop food sticking.

    Light a charcoal barbecue 45 minutes before you need to start cooking - 10 minutes is sufficient for a gas barbecue. Start cooking when the flames have died down and the coals are glowing red with a thin layer of grey ash.

    Wash hands, equipment and work surfaces thoroughly after handling raw meat and fish. Keep food cool, covered and out of the sun.

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