- Cut the dates in half and remove the stones. Place in a medium pan with the figs.
- Pour over the cider or apple juice and stir in the cinnamon, star anise, ginger and orange zest.
- Bring to the boil and simmer over a gentle heat for 1-2 minutes, then serve warm. Alternatively cool and chill in the fridge for up to one week until ready to use.
Just before serving, warm the compote in a pan, if desired. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise and serve with a selection of cheeses, such as Brie or Gorgonzola.