Warm Fruit Compote

Updated February 23, 2016

A good winter dessert when fresh fruit supplies are limited.

Prepare ahead: The compote can be made several days in advance, cooled, covered, and refrigerated.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 mins

Cooking Time5 min

Cooking Time - Text10



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, healthy, high fiber, low-fat, peanut free, tree nut free

Mealbreakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch

Taste and Texturefruity, sweet, tart

Type of Dishcompote, fruit


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 firm ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Yogurt or honey, to serve


Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the fruit and cinnamon stick. Cook gently, stirring often, until the fruit has completely softened.

Stir in the sugar and heat for a couple of minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice. Serve warm with a spoonful of yogurt or a drizzle of honey.



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