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.)
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
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
A simple pear and apple compote lightly sweetened with honey and/or maple syrup you can use a variety of ways
Author: Simple Nourished Living
Recipe type: Sauce
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.
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).