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Apple Pear Compote - A Family Feast

Apple Pear Compote

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


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.