Pan-roasted fruits and glazed dried fruits give a new twist to the traditional compote.
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 pears, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 apples, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup chopped glazed mixed dried fruits
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Add pears and apples. Partially cover and cook over medium-high heat until barely tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in dried fruits and apple juice. Let set for at least 15 minutes. You can cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle pecans over top. Serve at room temperature.