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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Pears. Recipe to Use Ripe Pears. Quick,easy recipe for Pear Compote.

Pear Compote - a great way to use up ripe pears,
and making this easy recipe saves from wasting the ripe pears..

This tasty fruit compote has a flavour similar to the filling of apple strudel if you use the cinnamon in the recipe as suggested. If you do not like the taste of cinnamon leave it out of the recipe, you can always add different spice that you do like or leave it spice free.

This fruit compote made from pears can be served warm or stored in the fridge and served cold with yoghurt or on breakfast cereals. Pears are the sort of fruit that when they ripen it happens quickly and you can end up wasting them if you do not act fast.

This is a simple compote recipe it does no need quantities, it can be made to eat straight away or stored in the fridge and served cold or re-heated. Vary the quantities of sugar, cinnamon to your own taste and the quantity of pears you are cooking. Remember pears that are ripe are usually sweet so do not add too much sugar; they will need much less than a  tart tasting  apple would.

Pears - Peel and remove core and pips, put the slices/chunks into a saucepan.
Sugar - I use vanilla sugar as it adds to the flavour of the compote, but any sugar is OK to use for this compote.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon powder put as little or as much you like in with the pears.

A small amount of water in the bottom of the saucepan - just enough to stop the pears and sugar from 'catching'/burning to the bottom of the saucepan. Remember pears that are ripe have a lot of juice that will come out as you cook them.
[Optional] - A splash of Ginger Wine to taste. - Gives it a nice warm flavour for Autumn and Winter time.
If you use this wine then add hardly any water or just a small amount, you could try other things like port or red wine if you think you will prefer the taste of them.

It is easy to make this compote - put your pears and selected ingredients in a saucepan and heat them on a gentle heat until they are cooked into a compote. The longer you cook them the less 'texture ' the pear compote will have as the pieces of pear will eventually fall apart into a fruit purée. I usually use Conference pears for my compote because am  given them by a friend.

You can add apples to this recipe if you only have a few over ripe pears. Soft ripe pears or any pears are good for this compote recipe;but if the pears have turned brown inside when you peel them, you are too late they need to go into the compost bin.

This pear compote recipe does not take long to cook, it is a good idea to stand with it while it is cooking as it can burn easily and it may need an occasional gentle stir with a wooden spoon; not to much or you will 'mush' the pears.

I hope you enjoy this recipe if you want more ideas about fruit compote or how to make  vanilla sugar  I have a HubPages article about it here is the link for it ....Easy Recipe and ideas for Fruit Compote.

Or see the recipe page of this Blog you get to it by the tab under he title heading.

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