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2 cups dried fruit of your choice, cut into large pieces
1 sliced lemon
1 cup sugar
OR ⅔ cup fructose
4 cups water
3 whole star anise pods
6 whole cloves
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Mix sugar (or fructose) and water in large pan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar/fructose completely dissolves.
Add spices and all “tough” fruits (pears, peaches, mango, apricots, dark raisins, etc), reserving the softer fruits (prunes, figs, etc.) for later addition.
Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes add the soft fruits and simmer another 20 minutes or until the “tough” fruits can be easily pierced with a fork.
Remove lemon slices, anise pods and whole cloves and discard, set fruit aside to cool.
Serve warm or cold with thick cream or vanilla yoghurt.