One of the things I most look forward to when fall hits is the emergence of pears at the market. They’re one of my all-time favorite fruits, and the quintessential cold-weather treat. I love to add chopped pears to my morning oatmeal with plenty of cinnamon, or enjoy one with a spoonful of almond butter as an afternoon snack. They definitely help carry me through the winter months until I can get my hands on some spring strawberries! Pears are also great for baking because they add a light sweetness and so much juicy goodness to cake batter and muffins. I especially love pear combined with a touch of maple. Upside-down cake, a french tart, light and flaky scones – the possibilities for this sweet flavor combination are endless. This quick compote is sweet and syrupy, with a perfect richness from browned butter and a hint of spice. Try it spooned over ice cream, pound cake, or your breakfast waffles.
Quick Pear Maple Compote
Makes 4 servings
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 pears, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch salt
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Continue cooking and let bubble, swirling the pan occasionally, until fragrant and browned, 5-8 minutes.
- Add pears and let cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add maple syrup and turn heat up to high. Let bubble for two minutes.
- Add spices and salt, stir, then remove from heat. Let thicken for a couple minutes and then serve.