Breakfast/Brunch

January 20, 2022

Warm Winter Fruit Compote

Warm Winter Fruit Compote is nice to have on hand during the cold weather, and makes a great topping for yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, ice cream, and more!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the winter months don’t have a lot of fresh fruit to offer. But we do have an abundance of local apples and pears from the fall harvest, as well as dried stone fruits like apricots and cherries from the summer. These all come together in this delicious Warm Winter Fruit Compote that makes a delicious seasonal topping for lots of breakfast options, such as yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, and pancakes, or even a dessert like rice pudding or ice cream!

The apples and pears become soft, and the dried apricots and cherries become plump while cooking in the apple cider. Just a touch of extra sweetness from maple syrup and warmth from spices like cinnamon and nutmeg make this compote a lovely seasonal condiment. 

There’s minimal prep involved to make this compote, and it can easily be made ahead and stored in the fridge for the week ahead. It’s so convenient to add on top of yogurt with some granola for a parfait, or to stir into warm oatmeal for breakfast. Warm Winter Fruit Compote is a delicious and nutritious way to add color and fiber to your winter mornings!

Ingredients assembled for Warm Winter Fruit Compote
Assemble your ingredients.

A red apple and a green pear, cores removed, and one quarter of each thinly sliced
Remove the cores and thinly slice the apple and pear.

Ingredients combined in a pot on the stove
Combine all ingredients in a medium pot, and simmer about 20 minutes.

Finished Warm Winter Fruit Compote in a white serving bowl, surrounded by a fresh pear and apple, cinnamon sticks, and a wooden spoon
Serve the Warm Winter Fruit Compote over any number of breakfast or dessert items - yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, ice cream, you name it!

A small glass dish of Warm Winter Fruit Compote with a silver spoon in it
Warm Winter Fruit Compote is a delicious winter condiment!

Warm Winter Fruit Compote

Warm Winter Fruit Compote is nice to have on hand during the cold weather, and makes a great topping for yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, ice cream, and more!

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

5

min

cook:

20

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

1 tart red apple, cored, thinly sliced

1 firm pear, cored, thinly sliced

1/2 cup whole dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cherries

1 cup apple cider

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 18-20 minutes, until apples and pears are soft and dried fruit is plump, and liquid has reduced slightly.
  2. Serve compote warm over yogurt, oatmeal, rice pudding, waffles, pancakes, or ice cream!
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!