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A small saucepan of pear compote, sitting on a hot pad.

Spiced Pear Compote

Heather Smoke
An easy and delicious compote made from stewed pears that are lightly sweetened and spiced with cloves, cardamom, ginger and vanilla.

All recipes on Curly Girl Kitchen are developed for high altitude at 5,280 feet.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings2 cups (approximate)


  • 6 ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-4 tbsp light brown sugar, or another sweetener of your choice
  • tsp ground cloves
  • tsp ground cardamom
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)


  • Peel the pears, remove the core, and chop the pears into 1-inch pieces.
  • In a saucepan, combine the chopped pears with the lemon juice, sugar and spices.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes, until the pears are very soft. Gently mash the pears with a potato masher or a fork for a chunky texture.
  • Simmer uncovered for another 5-10 minutes, until some of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • If your pears aren't very juicy, you may need to add a little water as they simmer.
  • Store the compote in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze the compote for up to 3-6 months.
  • You can use any sweetener you like, including sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners.
Keyword Compote, Pears
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