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Dried Fruit Compote

  • Yield: About 6 cups


  • 2 pounds mixed dried fruit (Any combination of dried fruits is delicious. Try figs, apricots, cherries, cranberries, apples, prunes, or blueberries.)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, split


  • Place the dried fruits in a large bowl and cover with 2 cups of boiling water. Let the fruit sit for about 1 hour, then drain. Place the fruit in a medium saucepan with the remaining ingredients, making sure the vanilla bean pod is scraped and the pod and seeds are added to the mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow mixture to simmer gently for 50 minutes to 1 hour. The fruit should be tender but not falling apart. Add more sugar or orange juice, to taste, if needed. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean pod.
  • Refrigerate the compote in its syrup overnight before serving. Serve the compote chilled, with hot Pecan Waffles.