Pear Apple Compote with Honey and Maple Syrup

Pear Apple Compote with Honey

Pear Apple Compote with Honey

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.


Pear Apple Compote with Honey and Maple Syrup
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A simple pear and apple compote lightly sweetened with honey and/or maple syrup you can use a variety of ways
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 8
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. With a potato masher crush the fruit coarsely while continuing to cook until the excess water evaporates, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the honey and maple syrup. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
  4. Serve lukewarm or cold.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/2 cup): 135 calories, 0.3 g fat, 36.0 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 0.6 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (4 PPV).


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