Grape Harvest Compote

Course : Fruits
Serves: 6
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12 ounces mixed dried fruits
1/4 cup raisins
2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 strips lemon peel
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons sliced almonds -- for garnish
1 package vanilla-flavored instant pudding
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream -- whipped
2 tablespoons orange liqueur -- (optional)
1 pound fresh grapes* -- pulled from stems

Preparation / Directions:

* (blue, red or green) 1. Put mixed dried fruits and raisins in saucepan with apple juice, sugar, lemon peel and juice; bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Cool. 3. Store in covered container in refrigerator. 4. Two hours before serving, prepare pudding with milk, following package directions; let stand until firm. 5. Fold whipped cream and liqueur into pudding. 6. Halve and seed grapes, if necessary, reserving a few for garnish. 7. Mix grapes with stewed fruit in pretty glass bowl. 8. Put pudding mixture in separate bowl; garnish with sliced almonds. Top each serving of fruit with a spoonful of pudding.

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