Christmas compote

  • Serves 8


  • 150g Willabrand dried pear halves*
  • 150g Willabrand dried figs*
  • 2 green apples, peeled and chopped
  • 300g pitted cherries
  • 50gm “Miss Nancy’s” dried cranberries*
  • Vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup slightly sweet white wine
  • water
  • Sliver of lemon peel or ginger
  • Sugar to taste
  • Brandy to taste
*Ingredients available from Togninis Milton.


Wash pears, figs and cranberries and put in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Add the apples, wine, the sliver of lemon peel or ginger and simmer gently until tender. Add the cherries and sweeten the cooking liquid to taste with sugar. Continue to simmer until the cherries are just cooked. Add a splash or two of brandy to taste. Spoon the fruit into a bowl then pour over the fruit liquid. Cool to room temperature then chill in fridge. The fruit will keep in an airtight container for about a week.

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