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Apple Pear Compote

Apple Pear Compote - A Family Feast

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.

Apple Pear Compote - A Family Feast

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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Apple Pear Compote

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Apple Pear Compote

If rhubarb is in season, you can replace the pears with rhubarb and increase sugar to ½ a cup.


  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 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


  1. Combine raisins, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, vanilla, salt, spices and brandy in a large pan and heat and stir to blend ingredients.
  2. Add apples and pears and simmer 15 minutes or until sauce is thick and fruit is tender.

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