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Mason jar of compote, with spoon and fresh pears and ginger on the side.

Pear Compote

Author: Sarah Brooks
This simple spiced pear compote with vanilla is an easy way to use beautiful fresh ripe pears. Perfect over everything from pancakes to porridge and ice cream.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 ¼ cup serves
Calories 115 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons (40gsm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (110gms) brown sugar
  • 6 medium sized (1kg) fresh ripe pears
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


I highly recommend measuring by weight and mls instead of cups. You will get better, more consistent results!

  • Peel, core and dice the pears.
  • Add the butter and brown sugar to a skillet. Cook on medium, stirring until the sugar and butter are melted together and foamy.
  • Continue to cook for another minute or two to get more color on the caramel but be careful not to burn the sugar. Add the ginger, cinnamon and cardamom and mix well.
  • Add the diced pears and stir well. Cook the pears for a few minutes until they have released a lot of juice.
  • Continue to cook the pears for about twenty minutes, stirring frequently until they have cooked down and have a wonderfully thick, almost jammy consistency.
  • Serve immediately while still warm or cool and store in a covered container until needed. Delicious!


What sort of pear to use:
  • Fresh, ripe, juicy pears for best flavor.  
  • In a covered container in the fridge for up to four days.
  • In an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.  Once frozen defrost fully before serving. 
  • Sometimes when stored in the fridge for several hours the color of this compote can become duller or muted. To restore it to more of a golden brown color simply put the compote into a pot and heat up for a few minutes. Either way it will still taste delicious!


Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 0.1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.

Keywords: spiced
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