Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield
8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Topped with low-fat vanilla ice cream, this also makes a simple elegant holiday dessert. Quince, which is in season in the winter months, is a yellow-skinned fruit that looks and tastes like a cross between an apple and a pear but turns pink when cooked; cooking mellows the tartness. (If you can't find quince, just use 2 additional apples or pears cut into wedges.)

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add quinces; cover and cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar mixture, pear, and apple; cover and cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper; garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Step 3

Note: This dish will hold up for up to 3 days if refrigerated in an airtight container. To serve, reheat over low heat.

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