Holiday Fruit Compote

Holiday Fruit Compote


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 pears (peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch wedges)
  • 4 green apples (peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch wedges)
  • 4 navel oranges (peeled, sectioned)
  • 2 cups raspberries (1 pint)
  • 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (finely ground)


  1. In large skillet, combine sugar and water; heat to boiling over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pears and apples; return to boiling. Lower heat; simmer 3 minutes, just until fruit is tender. Pour mixture gently into large strainer set over large measuring cup. Reserve 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid, discarding any remainder. Place fruit in large, serving bowl; add oranges and gently mix. In small bowl, mash one cup of the raspberries. Press puree through fine sieve into reserved cooking liquid (discard seeds). Add liqueur and pepper; pour over fruit. Cover and chill overnight. Just before serving, add remaining fresh raspberries and mix gently.
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