Winter Fruit Salad

3 cups weak fruit tea

1/2 cup manuka honey

1/2 grannysmith apples, peeled and thickly sliced

1/2 pears, peeled and thickly sliced

1/2 cup each prunes, dried apricots, papaya and peaches

Grated rind of 1 orange

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

1.  Combine the fruit tea and the honey in a medium sized pan and stir over the heat until the honey has dissolved.

2.  Add the fruit and poach uncovered for 15 minutes or until the fresh fruit is tender and the dried fruit plump. Leave to cool.

3.  Add the grated orange rind and toasted almonds before serving. Serve warm or cold with biscotti or amoretti and whipped cream, yoghurt or a specialty ice cream.

Variation

1.  Use 2 cups of earl grey tea with one cup water in place of fruit tea.