1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
½ vanilla bean, split
3 ½ cups water
4 large ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
6 ounces dried peaches, cut in half
Peel 3 strips of zest from orange using a vegetable peeler. Squeeze ½ cup juice from the orange. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, place sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, orange peel, and 3½ cups water. Heat to boiling over high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add apples and pears to syrup and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes until fruit is tender. Stir in craisins and peaches and cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in orange juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 3 days to allow flavors to blend.