Chunks of fresh apple and pear cooked with a little water, lemon juice and cinnamon, until tender and then mashed and lightly sweetened with honey and/or maple syrup. I’ve been enjoying this delicious simple Pear-Apple Compote with honey and maple syrup all week and am already contemplating my next batch. That’s how good it is.
The inspiration for this pear-apple compote comes from French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, one of the best “non-diet” books ever as far as I’m concerned. (With it’s emphasis on freshness, variety, balance and pleasure, the book has helped me learn to eat, drink and move more like a French woman while losing weight. It epitomizes the happy, healthy and slim life I aspire to.)
As soon as I saw the recipe, I knew it would be the perfect accompaniment for the low-fat cranberry pumpkin scones I had in mind last Sunday morning.
I adapted the recipe only slightly – doubling it so there would be plenty around all week for breakfast, dessert or as a healthy snack – and adding a little maple syrup in addition to the honey.
I love simple versatile recipes like this. Try this simple pear apple compote with honey and maple syrup:
- Topped with a sprinkle of granola for breakfast or a snack
- On top of oatmeal
- With yogurt
- Warmed and topped with a small scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream as a light and healthy dessert
- Warmed and spooned into little graham cracker crumb or phyllo dough tart shells
And don’t forget to try different kinds of pears, apples, honey and/or maple syrup to change up the flavor.
- 2 pounds apples (6 to 10 depending on size)
- 1-1/3 pounds pears (3 to 5 depending on size)
- ¾ cup water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
- Peel, core and chop the apples and pears into ½-inch chunks. Place them in a medium-large saucepan. Add the water, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the fruit from sticking and/or burning.
- With a potato masher crush the fruit coarsely while continuing to cook until the excess water evaporates, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and gently stir in the honey and maple syrup. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
- Serve lukewarm or cold.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Pear Apple Recipes
- My post and recipe for healthy baked apples
- My post and recipe for skinny apple brownies
- A recipe for apple pear compote you make in the slow cooker (Everyday Maven)
- Apple and Pear Crumble (Weight Watchers)