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Mum’s British Spiced Pear Compote

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A sweet pear compote is fragrant, smooth or chunky and smells like Spring, Summer and Fall.

That’s the best way to describe how I used a $0.99 reduced mixed pack of Bosc and Bartlett pears.

My mum in the UK showed me how to make her pear compote, but I had to ring her up to ask for her secret recipe.

It’s no longer a secret because I have the pear compote recipe, and so do you.

One of my most popular pear recipes on the blog is the Chai Spiced Pear Scones with Almonds.

If you love pears, this recipe is for you, and it’s so easy to make and store in the refrigerator.

Pears in Ontario are in season from August until January, so you’ll find many varieties at your local supermarkets.

Today, I’m going to show you how my British mum made this delicious pear compote and ways to eat it.

Spiced Pear Compote that my mum used to make when I was a child. Now you know how to make it too.
Easy Pear Compote

Varieties Of Pears

I’m using a Bosc and Bartlet combination for this pear compote, creating a smooth fruit topping.

You do not have to use a combination of pears if you don’t have them handy.

Bartlet pears are green, but it turns yellow and becomes sweeter and soft in texture as it ripens.

At the perfect ripe stage, when the pear turns yellow is when it’s time to use them for baking.

Take caution and handle pears and bananas carefully as they both bruise easily.

We freeze and peel both bananas and pears in freezer bags if we are not ready to use them.

According to Foodland Ontario, the most popular pears are Bartlet, Bosc, Anjou, Clapps Favourite and Flemish Beauty.

My favourite is the Bartlet, and Mrs. CBB likes the Bosc with a tall neck, dark outer skin and a crunchy texture even as it ripens.

Flemish Beauty pear is roundish, with thick clear yellow skin speckled with red when ripe. The creamy colored flesh becomes meltingly tender when ripe.

Clapp’s Favourite pear is similar in shape, with white flesh and exceptional sweetness. Its skin turns golden yellow when ripe.

Source : Foodland Ontario Grocery

The Anjou pear is perfect for someone who wants a pear that is not as sweet as the others when it ripens.

You can spot the Anjou pear from its egg-like shape and aromatic smell with white flesh when cut open.

Ripe Bosc Pears that I used to make a Pear Compote Fruit Topping
Ripe Bosc Pears that I used to make a Pear Compote Fruit Topping

Grafting An Apple and Pear Tree

Growing up, we had a pear tree in our back garden, so it wasn’t unusual to have them in our kitchen.

Both Mrs. CBB’s parents and my parents had fruit trees on their properties, including pears.

What was fascinating about Mrs. CBB’s father was that he would graft his fruit trees.

For example, he grafted the apple and the pear tree to create a different variety of fruits.

What Is Grafting Of Fruit Trees?

Read the complete grafting resource where I sourced this information if you want to learn more about grafting.

Grafting is a means of propagating fruit trees and is used for two principal reasons:

  • Most fruit trees don’t come true to seed
  • Fruit tree cuttings don’t root easily.

How To Graft Fruit Trees

The grafting technique joins a piece of vegetative wood (the scion) from a tree we wish to propagate to a rootstock. Grafting is a fun way to get more enjoyment from your home orchard.

You can use grafting to create trees with several varieties or introduce new types into your home orchard. Grafting can also change the combinations of trees in your existing orchard.

It’s quite a fascinating process to watch as is the result of fruit growing on the tree.

How to make a spiced pear compote
How to make pear compote

Pear Compote Ingredients

  • 6 total ripe Bosc and Bartlet pears mix or use one or the other
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of cold water (just enough to cover them)
  • Juice half of a fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
Chopping Bosc Pears F
Chopping Bosc Pears

How To Make Pear Compote

Add just enough water to cover the pears to make a pear compote
Add just enough water to cover the pears
  • Wash and dry pears
  • On a cutting board, peel all pears, then split them in half to take out the core.
  • Chop each pear into 1-inch chunks and set them into 2 cups of cold water in a medium pot on the stove. Add only enough water to cover the apples.
  • Add the cinnamon, fresh ginger, salt, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and brown and granulated sugar.
  • Mix to combine the ingredients
  • Turn the dial to medium-high and cook until they are fork-tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Use a hand blender to blend the ingredients into a smooth pear compote
  • If you want a chunky pear compote, take some of the cooked pears out before blending.

Ways To Serve Pear Compote

Pear Compote With Greek Yogurt
Pear Compote With Greek Yogurt

Serve pear compote as is or topped with yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal or part of a breakfast bowl.

There are many ways to use pear compote, but I like to eat it as is or with Greek yogurt or in a smoothie.

Consider putting this delicious fruit topping on pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.

Refrigerate the pear compote for up to a week or freeze it for 3 months.

Serves 4

Discussion: How would you eat pear compote?

Printable recipe below

Yield: 4

My Mum's British Spiced Pear Compote

Spiced Pear Compote

My mum makes a simple, delicious spiced pear compote in the UK, and I've got her recipe, and so do you.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • • 6 total ripe Bosc and Bartlett pears mix
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
  • • 1 pinch of salt
  • • 2 cups of cold water (just enough to cover them)
  • • Juice from half a fresh lemon
  • • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • • 1/3 cup of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry pears
  2. On a cutting board, peel all pears, then split them in half to take out the core.
  3. Chop each pear into 1-inch chunks and set them into 2 cups of cold water in a medium pot on the stove. Add only enough water to cover the apples.
  4. Add the cinnamon, fresh ginger, salt, lemon juice, vanilla extract, brown and granulated sugar
  5. Mix to combine the ingredients
  6. Turn the dial to medium-high and cook until they are fork-tender, about 10-15 minutes
  7. Use a hand blender to blend the ingredients into a smooth pear compote.
  8. If you don't want a smooth compote take some of the pears out before you blend it and then add them back in after.

Notes

Watch that the water doesn't dry up as it's reducing and the pears soften. If you find this happens, add more water to the pot. Every stove is different.

If you don't want a smooth compote take some of the pears out before you blend it and then add them back in after.

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