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Walnut Toast & Fruit Compôte

prep 5 mins, plus infusing cook 5 mins
  • 150 g (5 oz) mixed dried fruit, such as apricots, figs and prunes
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) apple juice
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) strong black tea
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 15 g (½ oz) unsalted butter
  • good pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 slices of walnut bread
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

Put the dried fruit, apple juice, tea, star anise and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for 20 minutes.

Mix together the butter and cinnamon and spread half over 1 side of each slice of bread. Put the bread on a foil-lined baking sheet under a preheated hot grill and cook for 1–2 minutes until golden. Repeat with the other side.

Serve the toast with the cooled compôte and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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