Winter Compote

This may be the fruit dish I go with as a dessert item.  It has pretty holiday colors when finished and a tart flavor as a perfect complement to a good quality vanilla ice cream.  If you want to make it an adult affair, toss in some brandy along with the cider, or use hard cider.

Winter Compote

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 1-inch slice lemon peel
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 4 pears, sliced, seeded and peeled
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

saucepan and 2 qt covered baking dish, lightly oiled

In saucepan, heat applesauce, cranberries, cider, lemon peel. Bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally, let simmer while preparing remaining fruit. Add apples and pears to baking dish, pour sauce over fruit and bake covered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, uncover and cook additional 10 minutes, until fruit is tender. Remove lemon peel and serve with ice cream.