Pear-Cranberry Compote

The original recipe, which calls for canned cranberry sauce and fresh oranges, inspired us to try cranberry-orange sauce to shorten preparation time.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 1 (12-ounce) tub whole cranberry-orange sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 ripe Seckel pears, peeled
  • Garnish: orange rind strips


  1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly, over high heat. Remove from heat.
  2. Arrange pears in a lightly greased deep 8-inch round baking dish; pour cranberry mixture over pears.
  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until pears are tender. Garnish, if desired.
  4. NoteFor testing purposes, we used Ocean Spray Cran-Fruit Cranberry-Orange Sauce. You can find the 12-ounce tub in the canned-fruit section of your supermarket. To save time, boil cranberry-orange sauce as directed; reduce heat to low, and add pears. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.
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