When I spent the holiday season in Madrid, I kept overhearing ladies exchange recipes for this classic Christmas compote, which combines dried and fresh fruit with red wine infused with vanilla and spices. Dried fruit in Spain—figs, peaches, cherries—is of exceptional quality, so seek out excellent organic dried fruit for the compote. If the prunes are very soft, add them along with the fresh fruit. Adjust the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of the apple and pear; the liquid shouldn’t be syrupy sweet. The compote is wonderful on its own or with a scoop of honey and cinnamon ice cream and/or pound cake. If you’re serving the compote over ice cream or cake, you might want to strain it. Set aside the fruit, then cook the poaching liquid until it is reduced by half.