A No-Sugar Good Fruit Compote

A lot of retro menus call for this sort of dish, and I've been looking for a recipe we like and have figured out a great version!

Unlike most stewed fruit/fruit compote recipes I've seen, this has no added sugar, but it's actually tastier than any I've tried!
 a useful way to use up apples and/or pears that end up not being as tasty as you'd like; easily doubled etc

Mix in pan and simmer until done (about 20 minutes), stirring every 5 minutes:
½ cup water
2 tbl sherry
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cardamom
1 apple cut into chunks
1 pear cut into chunks
½ cup dried apricots

Much changed from The Pressured Cook by Lorna Sass