APPLE-CHERRY FRUIT SPREAD
3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup fruit juice or water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
In medium saucepan, combine apples, cherries, fruit juice, and
cinnamon stick. Cover and bring to simmer over medium heat; cook
15 minutes, stirring frequently. Uncover and reduce heat to low;
cook 15 to 20 minutes longer or until apples are very soft but
retain their shape.
Remove cinnamon stick. Add lemon zest to apple mixture. In blender
or food processor, puree apple mixture until chunky spread forms.
Cool completely. Chill before serving. Store in refrigerator.
Try it on muffins, toast, crackers, waffles, and sandwiches.