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Iranian Khoshaf


1/3 cup almonds, blanched, halved
1/3 cup pistachio nut
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup seedless raisin
1 cup dried apricot, pitted, halved
3 Tbs raw sugar
3 Tbs orange blossom water (can subsitute 1 tsp orange zest, soaked in 3 Tbs cool water overnight)


Rinse raisins & dried apricot halves under cold water, then place in a bowl, cover with 1 quart of cold water & let soak 2-3 hours. Put nuts in a bowl & cover with boiling water & let soak 45 minutes to soften them & freshen their taste. Transfer fruit & its macerating liquid to a serving bowl, then add the sugar & orange water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Rinse & drain the nuts & add to the fruit, mixing well. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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