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Apple-Pear Compote

Apples and pears are almost always popular, so this warm, comforting dessert recipe is great for potlucks or other get-togethers. I also like to add raisins or chopped nuts to the compote, and for a more adult flavor I add 1/3 cup brandy or rum.—Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 cups


  • 5 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium pears, chopped
  • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice, divided
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Sweetened whipped cream and toasted chopped pecans, optional


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoons orange juice. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until fruit is tender.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining orange juice until smooth; gradually stir into fruit mixture. Cook, covered, on high 15-20 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. If desired, top with whipped cream and pecans.

  • Freeze option: Freeze cooled compote in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little orange juice if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 149 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.

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