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Spiced Apple Compote

Not all winter desserts need to be full of fat and sugar. This delightful fat-free, low-calorie apple compote is a warming, comforting change of pace when the weather gets brisk. Quick to prepare, it's also makes a delightful afternoon treat with a hot cup of tea.

Serves 4
Ready in 55 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 10 mins
Chill time 30 mins
136 calories per serving

Ingredients

> 1 1/2 cups water
> 1/4 cup sugar
> 1 whole cinnamon stick
> 3 whole cloves
> Peel from 1/2 lemon
> Juice from 1/2 lemon (3 tablespoons)
> 4 cups sliced firm apples
> 1/4 cup seedless raisins

Steps

1
In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, lemon peel (no white part) and lemon juice.
2
Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
3
Meanwhile, peel, core and slice the apples; add to the liquid.
4
Simmer uncovered for about 5 to 8 minutes, until apples are tender but not mushy.
5
Remove from heat, remove lemon peel and add raisins.
6
Allow mixture to cool slightly, transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
7
Remove cinnamon and cloves before serving.

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