Desserts, Elysium, Winter

2 cups Elysium
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 allspice
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup Elysium
6 black peppercorns
2-3 inch cinnamon sticks
1 lemon, zest and juice
2 oranges, zest and juice
3 dried pear halves, quartered lenthwise
3 dried peach halves, quartered lenthwise
6 dried apricot halves, cut in half
6 dried prunes, pitted, cut in half
1 vanilla bean, split lenthwise

Combine 2 cups Elysium, water, sugar, spices, zests and citrus juices. Simmer 10 minutes. Add dried pear and peach halves. Simmer 10 more minutes. Add prunes and apricots. Simmer 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining ½ cup Elysium. Serve compote at room temperature or serve with vanilla ice cream.

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