This apple and pear compote is a flavourful fruit topping for your family desserts, and so easy to make. A healthy sweet treat, this compote is refined sugar free, vegetarian and gluten free.
For more tasty compotes, my apple and blackberry compote and rhubarb and apple compote are both full of flavour. And for a fruity sauce, my apple blueberry sauce is smooth, delicious and so versatile as a recipe for breakfast or dessert for all the family.
This compote combines the traditional English favourites of apples and pears. It's full of flavour, with a hint of spice to make it especially tasty.
⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
- Fruity and flavourful - this takes the already delicious fruit to a new level, as heating brings out the sweetness even more.
- Apple compote without refined sugar - we use maple syrup in this recipe in place of white or brown sugar.
- Easy to make - such a simple recipe, that is made on the stove top with very little 'hands on' time to make.
A super simple five ingredient recipe. You will need:
- Apples - personally I think red apples rather than green work better in terms of flavour, but use those you have to hand!
- Pears - conference pears have worked best for me in making compote.
- Maple syrup - using this rather than regular sugar makes the recipe refined sugar free.
- Butter - to initially heat the fruit in.
- Cardamom (or cinnamon) - my low histamine readers may prefer to use cardamom as it rates as lower histamine (see the recipe card for more details), and cinnamon is a little more debated.
📖 Variations to the recipe
Adjust the amount of spice. If you prefer not to have any spice, then simply leave it out. Still tastes good without! Or alternatively, add more spice for extra flavour if you like it spicy!
Use vegan butter. I haven't tried it myself, but if vegan butter works for you this should be an easy swap.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Making this apple and pear compote is very simple, with just a few steps:
Peel, de-core and dice the fruit. Don't worry about it being very even in size as the apples and pear will soften when cooked and won't be uniform in size. So just roughly the same size is fine.
Melt the butter on a low heat in a pan, and then add the apples and pears, cardamom (or cinnamon) and maple syrup. Stir quite well so the spice and syrup is well distributed.
Bring the mixture to a very light simmer and heat, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes. You may have excess liquid at the bottom of the pan. This can either be used, or discarded to preference.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Use fairly ripe fruit. If not ripe then it won't cook down well enough.
- Dice the fruit in roughly similar sizes to cook evenly.
- Adjust the amount of spice to taste preference. Feel free to add a dash more!
- To make the recipe vegan, you can use vegan butter. I haven't tried it myself, but it should work well!
- Stir occasionally to combine the spices and ensure equal cook time for the fruit.
🍎 How to serve
This apple pear compote can be enjoyed in a number of ways, either with breakfast or as a family dessert:
- Just by itself - a simple but flavourful idea that is quite healthy too. Just grab a spoon to enjoy!
- On ice-cream - if you love (and tolerate) ice-cream, this compote makes a nice topping.
- On yoghurt - also, if liked and tolerated, yoghurt is given extra flavour with this fruit topping.
🍒 More fruity desserts to enjoy
Apple and Pear Compote
- 2 apples peeled, cored and diced
- 1 pear peeled, cored and diced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cardamom optional, or cinnamon.
- Melt the butter in a pan. Add the diced apples and pear, maple syrup and cardamom (or cinnamon). Bring to a light simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes until the fruit has softened.
- Dice the fruit to the size of your choice. If smaller in size then you will likely need less cook time by a few minutes.
- The spices are optional, and adjust the amount to taste preference.
- Stir thoroughly so the spices combine evenly amongst the fruit.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- cardamom scores 0, but with a note that some varieties may not be well tolerated.