Pressure Cooker Apple-Pear Compote

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min. + releasing


8 cups

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
Apples and pears are almost always popular, so this warm, comforting dessert recipe is great for potlucks or other get-togethers. I also like to add raisins or chopped nuts to the compote, and for a more adult flavor I add 1/3 cup brandy or rum.—Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
Pressure Cooker Apple-Pear Compote Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium pears, chopped
  • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice, divided
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Whipped cream and toasted chopped pecans, optional


  1. In a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoons orange juice. Lock lid; make sure vent is closed. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 6 minutes. When finished cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Select saute setting and adjust for high heat; bring liquid to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining orange juice until smooth; gradually stir into fruit mixture. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. If desired, top with whipped cream and pecans.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 149 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.