Hawaiian Gorp combines dried banana, pineapple, apricots, papaya, coconut, macadamia nuts and ginger.
3/4 cup banana chips
1/2 cup dried pineapple pieces
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried papaya, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup large coconut chips
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup diced dried crystallized ginger (optional)
Mix all ingredients well.
Note: Diced candied ginger is available at Amazon.com. They sell the other dried fruits, as well. Alternatively, you can make your own candied ginger - read on!
Recipe makes 4 cups.
Extra: Homemade Candied Ginger
1 pound fresh ginger, peeled
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
Slice the ginger as thinly as possible. Put the ginger slices in a non-reactive pot, add enough water to cover the ginger, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let ginger simmer for ten minutes. Drain, and repeat, simmering the ginger slices one more time.
Mix the sugar and 4 cups water in the pot, along with a pinch of salt and the ginger slices, and cook until the temperature reaches 225 degrees.
Remove from heat and let stand for at least an hour - overnight is even better. If you want to coat the slices with sugar, drain very well while the ginger is hot, so the syrup will drain away better.
Store ginger slices in its own syrup, or toss the drained slices in granulated sugar. Shake off excess sugar, and spread the ginger slices on a cooling rack overnight, until they are somewhat dry.
Storage: The ginger, packed in its syrup, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one year. If tossed in sugar, the pieces can be stored at room temperature for a few months.
Recipe Tip for Diced Apricots
Home cooks dice apricots into pieces ideal for baking and salads by either first oiling the blade of a knife or with kitchen shears wiped with a small amount of cooking oil.
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