Chris Koetke, host of the Live Well Network show Let's Dish, has a dried fruit recipe that is a happy throw-back to the days when fresh fruits were rarely available during the winter months. It is versatile and can be served as part of a dessert or for breakfast. You can find more recipes likes this on the Live Well Network (http://livewellnetwork.com/index).
Recipe for Winter Fruit Compote
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
3 oz. dried figs, quartered
3 oz..dried apricots, quartered
2 oz..dried cherries
3 oz. golden raisins
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups apple juice or cider
1/2 cup sugar
1. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
2. Cook until pears are tender.
3. Remove from heat and serve at room hot, warm, or cold on top of ice cream, cake, pancakes, or just on its own for dessert or breakfast.