Asian Pear and Dried Fig Soup
6 cups water2 medium Asian pears, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges6 small to medium dried golden figs (such as Calimyrna)1 tablespoon sweet apricot kernels (optional)
In a large pot, place water with the pears, apples, dried figs, and sweet apricot kernels (if using). Bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 hour. The fruits should be completely soft but still hold their shape. Serve hot or at room temperature.