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Pear Compote

 Pear Compote
"I'm always looking for new ways to use fresh pears, and this recipe from my sister was a hit," shares Eileen Bishop of Vale, Oregon. Serve the pears for dessert , over oatmeal or alongside ham or chicken.
3 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon aniseed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, halved
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Place aniseed on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners
  • of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag. In a small
  • saucepan, combine water and sugar. Add spice bag. Bring to a boil;
  • boil for 5 minutes. Discard spice bag.
  • Add the pears, apricots, raisins and cherries to sugar syrup. Bring
  • to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or
  • until pears are tender. Stir in lemon juice. Serve warm or chilled.
  • Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 239 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein.