This typical Basque dessert uses both fresh and dried fruit. Serve it with fresh cheese or spooned over pound cake.
6 dried figs
6 dried apricots
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 apple, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
1 pear, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
How to Make It
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute. Set aside.
Combine white wine, water, sugar, and rinds in a medium saucepan, stirring well; bring to a boil. Add dry fruit mixture; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add apple; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pear; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand at room temperature 2 hours.