Winter fruit compote

  • 12-14
  • Takes 10 minutes to make, 15 minutes to cook, plus cooling and overnight steeping
  • Easy
Citrus and spices bring out the seasonal flavour of this fruity compote recipe. Serve with greek yogurt for a lighter Christmas breakfast to leave plenty of room for lunch!

Nutritional info per serving


  • Calories183 kcals
  • Fat0.5g (0.0g saturated)
  • Protein2.1g
  • Carbohydrates45g carbs (42.8g sugar)
  • Salttrace

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


  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. 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. Halve the pears, combine all the fruit with all the syrup in a large bowl and serve with Greek yogurt.
  • 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.

From December 2009

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