Cinnamon Apple-Pear Compote with Cardamom + Thyme



I just love a good fruit compote. By definition, a compote is made up of whole fruits or
pieces of fruits that are stewed in a syrup of water (or alcohol) and sugar and spices. The syrup can be seasoned with an array of extracts, juices or spices like vanilla, lemon, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, whole peppercorns, coconut, raisins, etc., and it can be served warm or cold. You can even add different nuts or seeds…think Indian chutneys.

I personally really like compote paired with various cheeses, wines, and as french toast/oatmeal toppers. It’s even great with a nice roast pork loin or chicken. When selecting your fruits, it’s a nice idea to think seasonally. For this recipe, I went with apples, pears, warm cardamom and a handful of thyme.

INGREDIENTS (8-10 servings):
Juice of one lemon
Zest of one lemon
1 1/2 cups of water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 cardamom seeds
Pinch of nutmeg
4 sprigs of thyme, chopped
3 apples (I’d go with red delicious) peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 pears (I’d go with Bartlett) peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces

Bring water to a boil, then add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, cardamom seeds, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon and stir well. Add in fruits and reduce to a simmer; cook until the fruits are soft and until the liquid is reduced by half( it should have a syrupy consistency). Add chopped thyme, stir and let the compote cook for another 2 minutes. Shut off the heat and let it cool down a bit. SIDENOTE: be sure to remove cardamom seeds before serving.

Santana Caress Benitez