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4.5 from 2 votes

Spiced Pear Compote

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: preserves
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 3 large pears
  • 1 small lemon juice and zest
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar or normal sugar plus a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon


  • Peel and chop the pears.
  • Cook the pears along with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and grated zest at a gentle heat until the sugar has completely dissolved then bring to the boil for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for a further 15 minutes till pears tender.
  • Mash the pears with a potato masher while in the pot and sift in the cornflour a tiny bit at a time constantly stirring so that it mixes in smoothly.
  • Cover and allow to cook at simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon into a jar (this makes one small jar) and pop on a lif if you are just keeping for a few days in the fridge.
  • Go through water bath canning process for 20 minutes to store this for longer in your pantry.