Spiced Pear, Apple and Clementine Compote

A tasty treat with a spicy kick.

Ingredients


  • 700 g sugar, (demerara is great for this recipe)
  • 300 ml water
  • 2 eating apples (peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices)
  • 4 pears (peeled, cored and cut into quarters)
  • 2 strips of lemon zest (you can use a veg peeler for this)
  • spices: 3 cloves, 4 black peppercorns crushed, ½ tsp freshly ground cassia, 2 green cardamom pods crushed, 1 tsp powdered ginger, grating of nutmeg and small pinch of ground blade mace
  • 3 clementines (segmented)
  • 1 tub of frozen vanilla yoghurt or crème fraîche to serve.

Method

  1. Pour the sugar and water into a thick bottomed pan, stir to combine, then pop onto a medium flame.
  2. Allow the sugar to ‘melt’, swirling the pan from time to time, not stirring then add the spices, strips of zest and gently swirl the pan a little more.
  3. Add the apples and pears and cover with a piece of greaseproof paper (a cartouche if we’re using the official term!). Turn the heat down to a gentle, but constant ‘bubbling’.
  4. Allow the fruits to soften and become translucent, maybe about 10 to 15 minutes; just so there’s no resistance when you poke them with the point of a sharp knife.
  5. Grab a slotted spoon, remove the fruits, place them on a handy plate to rest, turn the heat up under the pan and reduce the syrup by half.
  6. Next, carefully pour the syrup through a sieve, discard the spices, zest; return to the pan and gently heat.
  7. Pop the cooked pears and apples back into the liquid and bring back up to a warm temperature.
  8. Finally add the Clementine segments to the pan, give one gentle stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula (trying not to break up the fruits) and turn off the heat.
  9. Serve immediately into your favourite, comfort dessert bowls, spoon in a couple of generous dollop of the frozen yoghurt and tuck in.

Notes:

Arun's Tips: It is possible to make frozen yoghurt, but this dessert is all about simplicity, flavour from the fruits and spices, hot and cold combinations; not overly complicating things!





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