Place the fruit in a pot (if using ground spices, add them too). If the fruit is really juicy, like plums, apples, peaches, etc, then you hardly have to add any water, just barely enough to keep the bottom from scorching. So just eyeball it, add maybe 1/4 cup of water or so. Check on your fruit as it is stewing to make sure it isn't scorching. If it looks like it needs a little more water, add more. Cover and stew the fruit for 5-10 minutes or until softened.