Orange-Apricot Compote

Dried fruit compotes make quick, simple fruit desserts. You can eat them warm or chilled, by themselves or with yogurt or frozen yogurt. They also make a great substitute for jam on toast or pancakes. If you prefer tart fruit, do not add the sugar until step 2, after you’ve cooked the apricots. Then add half the sugar, stir to dissolve, and taste again before adding any more sugar.

1/2 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
2 cups (12 ounces) dried apricots

1 In a medium nonaluminum saucepan, bring the apricot nectar, orange juice, sugar, lemon juice, and cardamom to a boil.
2 Add the apricots and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Makes 6 servings

Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 190 calories, 0.3g total fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 5g dietary fiber, 49g carbohydrate, 2g protein, 7mg sodium.