Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Episode: Withering Bites
1 hr 55 min
10 min
1 hr
45 min
4 cups


  • 4 cups water, divided into 2 containers
  • 8 ounces dried apples, pears and apricots
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 ounces sugar, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove


Combine 2 cups of the water with the dried fruit in a large bowl. Let soak for 1 hour.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 2 cups of water, orange juice, sugar, and lemon zest over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and the soaking liquid to the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cinnamon and clove. Simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has softened and the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Serve warm or cold.

Cook's Note: If using store bought dried fruit, chop the pieces into 1/2-inch chunks and simmer the mixture an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the Recipe

The Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie 04:56

Impress your guests by baking the ultimate apple pie from Tyler Florence.

Similar Topics:


Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Dried Fruit

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Dried Fig and Port Wine Compote

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Dried Pear and Fig Compote

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Individual Fruit Compote Pies

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Winter Fruit Compote with Cognac

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Watercress Salad with Dried Fruit and Almonds

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

So Much Pretty Food Here