Medjool Compote (Sweet)

Makes 2½ cups


2 cups Medjool dates, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup hot water
2 tablespoons honey
1 cinnamon stock
2 star anise


Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and place tempeature on a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture is a soft compote. Serve with cheeses, cakes, or on warm sweet breads.