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Baked Compote of Winter Fruit

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup compote and 1/2 cup low-fat ice cream)
This simple compote of pears, apples, and cranberries smells wonderful while it bakes. The applesauce adds body to the syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ruby port or other sweet red wine
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (1-inch) slice lemon rind strip
  • 4 cups sliced peeled Golden delicious apple (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cups firm Anjou pears, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges (about 3/4 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 260
  • caloriesfromfat 9 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 3.6 g
  • carbohydrate 57.6 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 49 mg
  • calcium 115 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

  3. Combine cranberries, wine, cider, sugar, and rind in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in applesauce.

  4. Combine the apple and pears in an 11- x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour the cranberry mixture over the apple mixture. Cover and bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until fruit is tender, basting occasionally with liquid from dish. Remove rind. Serve compote with ice cream.