This recipe for Apple Pear Compote is a delicious way to add some fresh fruit flavors to any meal.
Our compote uses Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears and golden raisins that have been cooked in a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, vanilla and a blend of spices. We’ve also added Calvados, a French apple brandy, which adds an extra level of delicious flavors to this apple pear compote.
A compote (which means “mixture” in French) originated in 17th century France as a dessert made with whole or pieces of fruit that have been cooked in a sugar syrup. According to Wikkipedia, the French invented compote believing that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body.
While originally served as a dessert (this is fabulous served warm over vanilla ice cream!), we think this apple pear compote is equally good as a side dish to pork or chicken.
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- ¼ cup golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Juice of half a lemon
- Zest of one lemon
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of powdered ginger
- Pinch of allspice
- 1 tablespoon Calvados or apple jack (optional – but highly recommended for its flavor)
- 6 Red Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- Combine raisins, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, vanilla, salt, spices and brandy in a large pan and heat and stir to blend ingredients.
- Add apples and pears and simmer 15 minutes or until sauce is thick and fruit is tender.