"Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests. On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues. A sensational dessert is made within seconds. Warning: this compote is very addictive!"
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup pitted prunes
1 cup large raisins
1 cup sultanas
420g can sliced peaches
430g can pineapple pieces
425g can pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brandy
juice of one orange
Cut the apricots in half, place in a saucepan with the prunes, raisins, sultanas.
Drain the juice from the canned fruit into the pan, add the sugar and stir well.
Bring to a boil and simmer very gently for 5 minutes.
Add the canned peaches, pineapple and cherries.
Mix gently, pour in the brandy and orange juice and mix well.
Pour into a large clipped jar and ensure all the fruit are covered with liquid.
More liquor may-be added if necessary.
Serve with meringues and thickened cream.