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

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