Pear Compote

This dish captures all the flavors of fall– sweet juicy pears, notes of ginger, and honey welcome the season into your kitchen. Pear compote keeps all week, and is a wonderful healthy topping on pancakes, oatmeal, french toast, or layered with yogurt and granola for an afternoon energy boosting treat.


4 cups unsweetened apple juice

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

6 ripe but firm pears, such as Bartlett, Bosc, or Anjou, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 tablespoons honey


Combine apple juice and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Add pear slices to saucepan and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, until just translucent.  Remove pears using a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl.

Add honey to compote liquid and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes, until it is reduced.  It will look golden and syrupy.  Pour syrup over pears and let it cool