My mother-in-law gave me a bunch of ripe pears recently so I decided to do something a little different and make this super easy Pear Compote recipe.
If you are not familiar with pear compote, it is similar in texture to applesauce. A compote is basically chopped fruit that is boiled down in syrup or sugar water. As you can see, super easy to make if you have some fresh pears on hand.
There are many different ways to enjoy this pear compote. You can eat it all by itself, over a puff pastry, on ice cream, with your waffles on pancakes or even on pork chops!
💭 Recipe Tip
The use of raisins is totally optional. My wife does not like raisins so when I make this pear compote recipe I usually leave them out. This is why you don't see any raisins in the pictures. If you like raisins, by all means, add them to this compote recipe.
Don't you hate it when raisins get stuck together in a big clump? To unstick the raisins, wet your hands with a little water then work the raisins apart.
While this compote recipe is super easy to make, just make sure your pears are ripe. Ripe pears are much more flavorful than unripe pears. Since some types of pears stay firm when ripe, the best way to check if your pears are ready is to gently push on the neck of the pear near the stem and if it gives in a bit they are ready.
For more great recipes with Apple Juice, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this simple Pear Compote recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ripe Pears, Raisins (optional), Apple Juice, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, Unsalted Butter, Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper.
🥣 How to make Pear Compote
In a saucepan, add the pears, raisins (optional), apple juice, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and the butter and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
Add in the apple cider vinegar, salt, ground black pepper and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened and the pears just begin to fall apart, approximately 5 minutes.
Set aside to let cool for 5 minutes, then serve.
Simple Pear Compote
- 4 Ripe Pears, peeled and chopped
- ⅔ Cup Apple Juice
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 2 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Raisins, optional
- In a saucepan, add the pears, raisins (optional), apple juice, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and the butter and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the apple cider vinegar, salt, ground black pepper and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened and the pears just begin to fall apart, approximately 5 minutes.
- Set aside to let cool for 5 minutes, then serve.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
Making your pear compote recipe, and I noticed that you call out raisins and black pepper in the initial list of ingredients, but then do list them later in the instructions. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, but just a heads up.
Thanks for letting me know. I updated the article and recipe card.
I have made many different versions of pear compote. What I love about this is that it doesn’t have any added sugar other than the applesauce. I substituted a ginger- aide for the apple juice just for fun and added two pods of cardamom. I love the addition of black pepper and the vinegar. What a great recipe! Great for breakfast with plain yogurt. Not too sweet and satisfying. Thanks for a great recipe!
Great idea. Thanks for sharing!