Spiced dried fruit and apple compote (sugar-free)

Dried fruit compote is traditionally made in Poland for Christmas (and not only). It is thought to aid in digestion, which is important considering all the overeating happening around the holidays. Because we had quite a bit of apples, we decided to make a combination of fresh and dried fruit, and I wanted to try to spice it the way I make spiced teas. The result was truly flavorful and didn’t require the addition of any sweeteners.

Ingredients
about 4L water
2 cinnamon sticks
some anise
some cloves
about 2.5 cm (1 in.) piece of fresh ginger root (chopped)
1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon
about 1 cup dried pears
about 1 cup prunes
4-5 med apples

Instructions

  1. Pour water into pot, turn on heat and add all spices. (You can improvise and add more or less or other spices like cardamom, orange zest to your liking.) Add the dried fruit and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 20 min.
  2. Peel and core apples. Cut into several pieces. Add to the rest of the compote and allow it to cook for another 30 minutes or so. The longer you cook, the more flavor there is in the water, but don’t overdo it.

Serve hot or cold. Because of the spices this keeps well for some time and doesn’t require refrigeration (at least for several days). After we drank this up, I added more water and spices and was able to get more compote out of the fruit that didn’t become bland.

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