Apple-Pear Compote

It never ceases to amaze me how so few ingredients can lead to such a flavorful finished product. Like French leek and potato soup, this is a dish where a little cooking time turns a few common fresh items into a deliciously complex taste. Use if for a savory dinner dish like potato pancakes, over french toast for breakfast, or with a decadent pastry for dessert.

Serves: 8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Adapted from
French Women for All Seasons


  • 3 apples (mix varieties for optimum flavor)
  • 3 pears (mix varieties for optimum flavor)
  • cane sugar
  • cinnamon


  1. Leaving the skin on (it is more healthy this way, but if you are going for a super smooth, professional look, you can skin the fruit), cut the apples and pears into small chunks.
  2. Add fruit to a large pan with a half cup of water and 1 tablespoon each of sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for ten minutes.
  4. Using a fork, heavy wooden spoon, or potato mashed, throughly mash all the fruit.
  5. Return to medium (or medium-low if there is very little liquid remaining) heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally to keep compote from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Allow to cool slight and spoon over your sweet or savory item of choice. Delicious, healthy satisfaction guaranteed!