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Cranberry Compote Recipe

Cranberry Compote Recipe

This best-of-the-season dish adds to the beauty and bounty of any holiday spread. Whether served warm or cold, it's a delectable fruity treat for the taste buds as well as for the eyes when it's presented in a clear glass bowl. -Carole Dishman, Hampton, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) apricot halves, drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and apples are tender. Add the peaches and apricots; heat through. Stir in pecans; serve warm or chilled. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6 cups.

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I have been making this recipe for holiday dinners since it was published 15 years ago.Everyone loves it. It is fast, easy, and makes the house smell wonderful not to mention it is delicious. There is NO reason for canned cranberry sauce EVER again!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"This became my all-time favorite several years ago. I absolutely love to make this for this time of year. The canned fruits are easily substituted so you can use what you might have on hand. Pears work nicely."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I made this last year and it instantly became a family favorite!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"My mother-n-law loved this! It has an old fashioned flavor similar to canned spiced apples only better."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"I first made this recipe over 10 years ago, and it is still a hit. I am ask to make it every Thanksgiving. I always omit the orange peel because to me it has a bitter taste."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This recipe has become a tradition for my family at Thanksgiving. The kids say, "what is compote"? It is stewed fruit. Thanksgiving seems like one should serve some cranberry dish...and this is it! The kitchen smells wonderful as this cooks on the stove and it is good warm or cold!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Wonderful Flavor! I did make a few changes though..I was out of orange juice so I used cherry juice, & I did not have golden raisins so I used dried currents! Very happy with the way this turned out!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010


Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"It's a hit everytime I make it for family or friends. It is festive in a clear bowl as suggested."

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