2cupsmixed dried fruits (yellow raisins, figs, apricots, and prunes)
1teaspoongrated orange zest
¼teaspoon bruised peppercorns
1cupsweet white wine, such as orange muscat or sauternes
Juice of ½lemon
In a small bowl, mix the dried fruits, walnuts, orange zest, star anise, cinnamon stick, and peppercorns. Add the wine and lemon juice, cover, and let soak for up to 2 days in a cool place or in the refigerator.
Transfer the fruits in the soaking liquid to a nonreactive saucepan set over low heat and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain the fruits, reserving the liquid for use in Step 6 above. Discard the whole spices. Cut the fruits into ½-inch dice.
With thank to Sotiris Kitrilaktsfor inspiring this recipe.