Did you know that if you add dried fruit to your recipes it can actually be better for you than fresh fruit. Dried fruit contains less water and is therefore a more concentrated source of nutrients.

The antioxidants in dried cranberries and grapes are twice as potent as in fresh fruit. Make sure you check the sugar content of some of them in particular cranberries, as they can be very high.

Fresh fruit can often sink to the bottom of batters.

Using dried fruit is a great addition to baked goods. 

Because dried fruits are very dense, if you substitute them into a recipe, keep in mind the ratio of, five to six pounds of fresh fruit is equal to one pound of dried.

Dried fruit is a great ingredient to have on standby for all sorts of dishes – from porridge toppings to tagines and stews.

Check the label when buying dried fruit. Some brands will soak the dried fruit in juice to add to the sweetness, but this will also increase the sugar content.

A 30g portion of dried fruit counts as one of your five-a-day – this is roughly equivalent to 80g of fresh fruit. 30g is approximately three tablespoons.



Hi, flaming June went as quick as it arrived and even though we had an additional member to our family arrive in June ( a lovely granddaughter) I still managed to write 15 posts. If you missed any here are the links to what I wrote about.

I wrote on some Foodie Days which included –

  1. National Doughnut Day & National Doughnut Week

2. Alzheimers Society Host A Cupcake Day

3. National Picnic Week

4. Some strange but delicious Sandwiches for National Picnic Week

5. Easy Ways to Learn More About Healthier Meals and Nutrition – we all need to eat healthier but sometimes we don’t have much time on our hands so this post should help you out.

6. 23 Reasons to Check Over Afternoon Tea4Two’s Posts for May

A couple of my favourite quotes for the month of June were-

7. Tea Quote of the Day from The Village Kitchen

8. Friendship Quote of the Day

9. Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables for May – I always write a post on seasonal fruit and vegetables for each month as reminder to me of what is available as I have a mind like a sieve.

10. Mrs Hinch Fans Share 65p Hack for removing Tea Stains from Cups – who doesn’t like a tip from Mrs Hinch? This ones a good one.

11. 6 of the Best Cake Essentials To Create the Best Cake

12. Hershey’s Frozen Chocolate Chip Pie in Dianes Kitchen Recipe – this was a repost from another blog as I thought it sounded delicious and well worth sharing with my readers.

My book reviews were –

13. Tonic & Teas Traditional & Modern Recipes

14. Infused: Adventures in Tea

I hope you have enjoyed my posts in June and I look forward to writing a lot more for you in July. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining on us all.