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Recipes Apple Pear Compote

Each fall, we have a wonderful assortment of fresh apples and pears that when combined, make a very tasty dessert. For those who are searching for the right dessert to carry along to a gathering of friends and family over the holidays, you may want to consider a simple apple pear compote. This recipe is very flexible and you can change it to suit your individual tastes. It is easy to prepare, travels well and well liked by adults and children alike.


2 Granny Smith apples
2 Mcintosh apples
2 Red delicious apples
2 Golden delicious apples
2 Anjou pears
2 Bosc pears
2 Bartlett pears
2 Comice pears
1 bag Craisins (flavor of choice)
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Tapioca
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
lemon juice
1/2 stick butter (softened)

Core apples and pears and make sure all seeds are removed. Wash thoroughly in cold water to remove all residue from skins (note: if you prefer you may remove all or some of the skins). Toss them in the colander to remove excess water. Place into a large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and toss until all of the fruit has been dampened with lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 of white and brown sugar, Tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until thoroughly mixed. Toss into the bowl with the apples and pears and combine until all fruit is thoroughly covered. Add Craisins of choice. Place the entire mixture into a deep baking dish which has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Prepare topping.

Topping is made as follows:

Place the 1/2 stick of butter into a bowl (use the bowl you mixed the dry ingredients in) with the remainder of the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Combine until well mixed.

After preparing topping

Drop the in small pieces across the top of the compote. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for forty five minutes. Remove the foil and check the pears (these will take the longest to cook). Return to oven uncovered until the top is bubbly and slightly browned. If the pears are not cooked enough you may reduce heat and cover with foil and return to the oven until finished (max 15 minutes).

This will serve at least 8 people and may serve up to 12.

Source: Family recipe that has been modified to suit taste.