This is a versatile dish, delicious warm, cold or at room temperature; with
meat, poultry, as an appetizer, condiment, dessert or between-meal snack.
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 medium ripe pears; peeled
12 dried apricots 2 seedless oranges; peeled and sectioned
3 cup fresh cranberries (approx. 1 12 oz bag)
Cut the pears and oranges into 1/2 inch pieces. Cut each apricot into 6 pieces and then set them aside. In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring the mixture occasionally. When the mixture comes to a boil stir in the pears and apricots Reduce the heat and simmer the fruit in the uncovered pan for 5 minutes. Stir in the oranges, and continue simmering the fruit in the uncovered pan for 2 minutes. Stir in the cranberries, and cook them over medium heat in the uncovered pan for 5 minutes, stirring the compote occasionally. When the cranberries burst the compote is done. Remove the compote from the heat.