Winter pear compote with dried cranberries

Time Active work time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 45 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Winter pear compote with dried cranberries
(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Place zest, orange and lemon juices, sugar, cranberries, cinnamon stick and cloves in 3-quart saucepan. Bring to boil and boil, uncovered, until syrupy, about 9 minutes.


Add pears, gently pressing into syrup. Simmer, covered, until just tender but not mushy, about 3 to 5 minutes; it may take longer if pears are very hard. Cool at room temperature. (Can be made a few days ahead and refrigerated, covered airtight.)


To serve, remove cloves and cinnamon stick. Serve chilled or at room temperature in small bowls.

If you have a pomegranate on hand, sprinkle some seeds on the compote when you’re ready to serve it.

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