Friday, January 14, 2011

Pear and Figs Compote: an unusual mix of fresh and dried fruit!

The Pear, Oregon's state fruit.Image via Wikipedia

How about an unusual combination of cooked fruits? Pears (fresh, peeled and quartered) complement wonderfully figs (the simple, sun-dried variety), with an appetizing bittersweet result. Cooked in wine, the figs become big and soft, and are beautifully set off by the pears.

 How to do it? Super simple:

Ingredients for 4 people:
3 to 4 pears, peeled and quartered
A dozen sun-dried figs or more - snip off the tail, it's too hard to cook, but leave them whole
One small glass of Sweet Martini White Wine (or any sweet wine will do)
1 to 2 tablespoons of Brown Sugar (the quantity depends on how sweet your pears are)

Put everything in a pot and cover. Cook on a low fire until the pears are soft but haven't come undone (about 10 minutes)

Enjoy! It's best lukewarm...

Btw, pears are a wonderful addition in the kitchen, often making for unusual tastes. Check out the recipe below and you'll see what I mean:
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