Mixed fruit compote with bay leaf and lemon
1½ cup(s), or apple juice
4 leaf/leaves, imported variety or 2 California bay leaves, halved
1 tsp, (2 1⁄2-inch-long) strips, removed with a vegetable peeler
Packed brown sugar
Dried mixed fruit
Fat free sour cream
¼ cup(s), or Greek-style yogurt (optional)
- Combine the apple cider, bay leaves, lemon zest, brown sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer 2 minutes.
- Add the dried fruit and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is softened, about 5 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate, covered, until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours. Discard the bay leaves. Divide the compote evenly among 4 dessert dishes and top with a dollop of sour cream (if using). Yields 1⁄2 cup compote without sour cream per serving.