Winter fruit compote recipe

By Lizzie Kamenetzky

  1. Serves 12-14
  2. Takes 10 minutes to make, 15 minutes to cook, plus cooling and overnight steeping
  3. Rating

Make this winter compote recipe up to three days in advance to give the flavours a chance to develop. Any remaining compote will keep, chilled, for a week.

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Winter fruit compote


  1. 8 firm ripe pears, peeled
  2. 1 vanilla pod, halved, seeds scraped
  3. 6 tbsp runny honey
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  5. 4 cloves
  6. Pared zest of 1 orange
  7. Pared zest of 1 lemon, plus a good squeeze of juice
  8. 8 large handfuls dried fruit, such as apricots, figs, prunes, apples
  9. 100ml elderflower cordial


  1. 1. Put the pears in a pan large enough to fit them snugly in 1 layer and cover with water. Add the vanilla pod and seeds, honey, cinnamon, cloves, fruit zest and lemon juice.
  2. 2. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes until the pears are just cooked. Pour half the syrup into a bowl and add the dried fruit and cordial. Leave the pears in the remaining syrup and allow all the fruit to steep overnight. (If all the fruit is left together to steep, the dried fruit will absorb too much syrup.)
  3. 3. Halve the pears, combine all the fruit with all the syrup in a large bowl and serve with Greek yogurt.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 183kcals, 0.5g fat (no saturated), 2.1g protein, 45g carbs, 42.8g sugar, trace salt

Chef's tip

Make this up to 3 days in advance, to give the flavours a chance to develop. Any remaining compote will keep, chilled, for a week.


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January 1

Really delicious! I used up some left over fruit to make this. Didn't have enough pears, so swapped some apples in - cut them in half so they'd cook in same time as pears. Ate the compote with pancakes.

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