Cranberry-Pear Compote


2 cups granulated sugar, divided
2/3 cup white wine
12 Seckel or other small pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries
Kosher or sea salt, to taste


Combine 1 cup sugar and wine in a large saucepan; bring to a simmer.

Remove from heat and add pears and lemon juice. Cover and return to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes. Add cranberries and remaining sugar; then stir. Simmer until pears are fairly tender, 3–5 minutes longer.

Season to taste with salt and cool to room temperature. Garnish with lemon zest.


12 servings

Preparation Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes

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