Spiced Hot Fruit

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


10 cups

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Irene Howard of Shanandoah, Iowa shares her recipe for a crowd-pleasing compote that takes advantage of convenient canned fruit. Its sweet, buttery sauce, spiced with ginger and cinnamon, makes a warm and wonderful addition to any breakfast buffet.


  • 2 cans (one 20 ounces, one 8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) apricots, drained and quartered
  • 1 can (29 ounces) sliced peaches, drained
  • 1 can (29 ounces) pear halves, drained and quartered
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In an ungreased shallow 3-1/2-qt. baking dish, combine the pineapple, apricots, peaches and pears; set aside. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger and reserved pineapple juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Pour over fruit.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 165 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1/2 fat.