Put the dried fruits in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Add the cinnamon, lemon zest and lemon juice and slowly bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer over a low heat for 1 hour or until the fruit is tender but not falling apart.
Allow to cool, remove the cinnamon sticks or cassia bark and serve. The compote will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Note: The biggest problem with dried fruit is eating too much of it. It's a great source of fibre and specific other nutrients but is also concentrated natural sugar and should be eaten in moderation. A serve of dried fruit is the equivalent to 3 prunes or 6 apricot halves.
Makes 6 servings