No dessert-desert


I think, for me a compote has never been a real dessert. At home we mostly had it with Mehlspeisen like Grießschmarrn or Kaiserschmarrn or other things.

Last time I was looking for a dessert which shouldn’t be too heavy but a sweet finish for a meal. Fruity, not creamy, maybe something to begin the fall- and winter-season.

The perfect recipe was found – once again in a book of Moosewood’s restaurant (To be exact: Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts): Fig, Pear, and Orange Compote. I could also imagine to substitute the figs by dried plums.

For for persons, I took:

4 cloves
peel of 1/2-1 orange (use an organic grown orange)
1,5 cups of a mix of orange juice and white wine (I don’t remember the relations between these two ingredients, but the recipe asks for orange juice and wine or a combination. Red wine should be fine, too – so you can be sure that you can’t make any mistake!)
1 cinnamom stick
1/4 cup sugar
125 g dried figs
250 g pears
1-2 oranges

The recipe asks to stick the cloves into strips of orange peel. I tried to do so but failed: everything fell apart after 5 minutes, so I suggest to put the cloves and the orange peel separately into the compote. Maybe more work of fishing for cloves later, but who cares. I had to do it anyways.

Put orange peel, cloves, wine/juice, the cinnamom stick and the sugar into a pot. Brint the mix to a boil. Cut the figs in halves or quarters and add them. Cover, reduce the heat. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and cut the pears into bite-sized pieces. Add them and cook the compote until the pears are tender.

Using a slotted spoon, get the fruits out of the pot and put them in a serving bowl. Put away orange peel, cloves and cinnamom stick.
Continue boiling the remaining syrup for 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the oranges and cut them into segments. Add them to the fruits, add the syrup and voilà – you’re done. (We won’t mention the cleaning part.)

You can serve this compote warm or chilled.


One Response to “No dessert-desert”

  1. 1 valentin

    I think too that it is not really a dessert ;)) I have only eat when I was ill at bed ;(((

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