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apple and pear compote

alex is a pear and apple junkie. when i  came across this recipe while looking for something to serve with vanilla bean rice pudding i knew i would have to make it for him. turns out that the vanilla bean rice pudding didn't need anything extra but i am still glad i discovered this recipe because it is damn good and versitle.

the apples and pears hold their texture well in this compote. i was a little nervous about the apple cider vinegar but it really gives this a complex flavor. i had to substitute apple juice for apple cider but adding some spices made it very similar.

i have included some serving suggestions at the bottom of the post.

btw...alex loved it and so did i.

apple and pear compote

apple and pear compote
adapted from Wegmans

2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp unsalted butter, divided
2 medium (about 1 lb total) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, small diced
2 medium (about 1 1/2 lbs total) Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, small diced
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

apple and pear compote

Combine apple juice, vinegar, and brown sugar in medium saucepan. Simmer on medium-high, uncovered, stirring occasionally until reduced to 2 Tbsp, 15-20 min. (Be careful - it turns the corner QUICK!)
 
Melt 1 tsp butter in saute pan on medium. Add apples, pears, and vanilla bean. Cook 3-4 min until softened. Scrape tiny seeds from vanilla bean into fruit mixture - discard pod. Stir in reduced apple cider glaze to finish apple & pear compote. Cool to room temp.

apple and pear compote

Serve with....

- Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding
French Toast
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Porridge
- Ice Cream
- by itself!

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Apple and Pear Compote



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