This super easy Spiced Pear Compote made with Cinnamon, Ginger and no processed sugar is a delicious and healthy Winter sauce to enjoy over pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, cakes, desserts - or simply on its own!
Place the pear chunks in a small saucepan with the water, maple syrup, lemon juice, ground cinnamon and ginger. Stir to combine then turn on medium low heat.
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes (see note 1), occasionally stirring, or until the pear chunks are very soft.
Remove from the heat then blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Alternatively, roughly mash the pear chunks with a fork or masher for a chunky compote (see note 2).
Serve warm, or leave to cool down at room temperature before transferring into a jar or sealed container. Keep in the fridge until ready to use or for up to a week.
Yield: this recipe will make about 500ml or 2 cups or Pear Compote. Feel free to divide it in half or double it as required.Ingredients Notes:
Pears: make sure they are very ripe. Use a pear variety that will easily turn into mush when cooked like Bartlett or Williams.
Spices: add any other of your preferred spices to suit your taste, like Cloves, Cardamom, Star Anise, Allspice, Nutmeg etc...
Water: you might need more water, depending on how ripe or firm the pears are. If there is too much water, simply cook the pears for longer until most of the water has evaporated.
The cooking time will depend on the heat of your stove and how ripe the pears are. Continue to cook until the pears are very soft; you should be able to easily mash them with a fork. If needed, add a little bit more water.
The compote can be served smooth or chunky, it is completely up to you! If using a blender, you can play around with how smooth or chunky you want the compote to be. Alternatively, you can also continue to cook the pears until they start to fall apart if you don't want to use a masher or blender.