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4 cups white grape or apple juice
2 teaspoons aniseed or 1 cinnamon stick
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
zest of 1 fresh lemon; julienne sliced
1 package 12 ounce mixed dried fruits
apricots, apples, pears, peaches, prunes and / or raisins as desired


In a large saucepan combine juice with aniseed or cinnamon stick, honey, and lemon zest. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer over low heat. Add fruit and continue to simmer, uncovered, for about 10-minutes until dried fruit is softened. With a slotted spoon, transfer fruit to a serving bowl. Increase head to medium for the juice mixture that remains and simmer until the sauce has reduced to about 1 cup. the process of reducing the juice will take about 10 to 15-minutes. Pour the reduced juice over the fruit. cover and refrigerate until cold, then serve.

Makes 6

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