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Dried Fruit Compote
“This quick and easy fruit compote is handy to have on hand for days when you're struggling to get all your servings of fruit.”
4 cups white grape juice, or apple juice
2 teaspoons aniseed, or 1 cinnamon stick
1½ teaspoon honey
Fresh zest of 1 lemon, cut into julienne
1 12-ounce package mixed dried fruit, such as apricots, apples, pears, peaches and prunes
1Combine grape (or apple) juice, aniseed (or cinnamon stick), honey and lemon zest in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Add fruit and simmer, uncovered, until softened, about 10 minutes.
2Transfer fruit to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Increase heat to medium and simmer poaching liquid until reduced to 1 cup, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour over the reserved fruit. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, several hours or overnight.