Fennel Pear Compote

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Author Notes: After the dinner dishes are cleared from the table and I want something sweet and slightly more hearty than a piece of fresh fruit, I turn to compote. This time of year, it's fennel pear compote. The pears caramelize in vanilla, honey, dry white wine, with a soft chew of fennel. Spoon the compote over greek-style yogurt or ice cream for the final note to your holiday meal.


Serves 4 (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 3 medium) of ripe but firm pears, like Anjou
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (pounded with a mortar and pestle)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (split and seeds scraped)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc)
  1. Peel, halve, and core the pears. Slice the fruit into thick wedges, roughly 4 slices for each half; set aside.
  2. In a 10-inch sauté pan, heat the butter, honey, cardamom, vanilla bean pod and seeds, and wine over medium heat. Stir frequently until the butter is melted and the mixture begins to bubble. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook for about 1 minute or just until the caramel thickens a bit.
  3. Add the pears to the pan, arranging them in an even layer. If they don’t sizzle, turn the heat up. Allow the pears to sear in the caramel untouched for about 1 minute, this means resist the urge to shake or flip them in the pan, or they won’t color.
  4. Serve the compote warm. Spoon over greek-style yogurt or ice cream.
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Tags: compote, fall, Holidays, pear, sweet

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over 4 years ago SallyCan

Interesting combination of flavors. Might be good with the turkey!


over 4 years ago cheese1227

Nice combination!


over 4 years ago theyearinfood

What a lovely and sophisticated pairing of flavors!


over 4 years ago Midge

Brilliant. Can't wait to try this over yogurt.


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Sounds lovely!


over 4 years ago artandlemons

Thanks for your comments!


over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

What a wonderful and creative blend of ingredients - awesome dessert!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

me too!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen