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Which nuts with dried strawberry for cookies?

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BangorDin Nov 17, 2013 07:06 AM

I will make bar cookies, with just enough batter to hold fruit and nuts together. I know cherries are nice with almonds, but with dried strawberry chunks as the only fruit, what nuts and spices would go well? I'm thinking of pistachios or walnuts?

  1. PommeDeGuerre Dec 31, 2013 03:04 AM

    Whichever nuts you think taste best with strawberries.

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      BangorDin Nov 17, 2013 12:33 PM

      Off my own topic, but looking around at dried fruit sources I found this intriguing
      http://www.markethallfoods.com/produc...
      Anyone ever try it? I wouldn't use it for these cookies, though. The whole site looks like quality stuff.

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        AlexRast Nov 17, 2013 12:15 PM

        Walnuts as the nut. Even before reading what you were thinking of that was the direction I was going.

        Strawberries are tricky with spices - too many of them clash or overwhelm the strawberries themselves, but ginger should be fairly complementary.

        1. The Professor Nov 17, 2013 12:07 PM

          I've found that pignoli work very well with dried fruits in a variety of cookies.

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            chefathome Nov 17, 2013 02:53 PM

            Agree with this. I also quite enjoy toasted hazelnuts with strawberries.

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              chefj Nov 17, 2013 02:54 PM

              Hazelnut are great with Strawberry and so is Toasted Almond

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              teezeetoo Dec 11, 2013 08:28 AM

              definitely agree with this - pignoli add more punch (pistachios tend to get lost unless they are the center of baklava).

            3. toodie jane Nov 17, 2013 10:49 AM

              Pistachios are such subtle nuts I think the flavor would get lost in a dried fruit bar like this. I would use raw unsalted pistachios to get the most out of their flavor though. They are so sweet when raw and unsalted. Santa Barbara Pistachio Co packages organic and some unsalted raw. http://santabarbarapistachios.com/ker...

              Walnuts, lightly toasted, compliment almost anything, but really, can't think of any fruit I'd rather not eat dried than strawberries. I'd be tempted to sub preserved quince, or orange peel instead.

              1. Becca Porter Nov 17, 2013 09:29 AM

                Pecans are classic with strawberries...

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                  jarona Nov 17, 2013 07:36 AM

                  Salted, shelled pistachios. *swoon*

                  1. hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 07:17 AM

                    i like the idea of pistachio with dried strawberry quite a lot! if using pistachio, i'd add some cardamom.

                    could you post a basic recipe? this sounds interesting.

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                      BangorDin Nov 17, 2013 07:23 AM

                      http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/03/...
                      The pistachios should be unsalted, do you think?

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                        hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 07:34 AM

                        oh, i have such a nerd crush on him, lol.

                        i like a mix of salty and sweet, so might use salted, but it seems like a pretty flexible product. some good ideas in the comments section too!

                        thanks for pointing me to these.

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                          HillJ Nov 17, 2013 08:09 AM

                          I really love that recipe. I probably make it two dozen times a year. Never fails and its so flexible on ingredients.

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                            hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 08:24 AM

                            sounds like they don't last because people gobble them, but have you made them ahead, like for cookie tins to give away at christmas? what do you think is the shelf-life?

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                              BangorDin Nov 17, 2013 08:30 AM

                              From the David L. site :
                              The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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                                HillJ Nov 17, 2013 08:35 AM

                                After a week, these are still fine. Really depends on the fruit you use.

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                                HillJ Nov 17, 2013 08:34 AM

                                Yeah hotoy, everyone loves DL recipe..if they love dried fruit & nuts!

                                I make batches in 9x13 baking trays. Cut into bars and freeze. Defrosted they last two weeks easy. Certain fruits will soften, not toughen beyond that and the texture changes. I think the shelf life is fine and you can refrig and set out to enjoy to extend the shelf life. They are best enjoyed room temp though.

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                                  hotoynoodle Nov 17, 2013 11:01 AM

                                  ok, if they freeze well, i am in for these for holiday gifts!

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