Photo of Fall fruit compote by WW

Fall fruit compote

Total Time
32 min
20 min
12 min
Apple sauce for the big kids, this grown up compote combines fall's biggest fruit stars - apples, pears, and cranberries - all dressed up with ginger, cinnamon, and orange to create the perfect sidekick to festive family meals or a side dish on a holiday party buffet. The warmed fruit smells heavenly, and can stand alone or be served any way you do apple sauce. Make it in place of the traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, and be sure to keep some on hand in the fridge to layer into sandwiches, chutney-style, or add as a pretty garnish to a cheese and fruit platter. The compote is also great as breakfast, spooned on top of a toasted, low-fat frozen waffle or cup of Greek yogurt.



3 medium, peeled and diced

Fresh apple(s)

2 medium, peeled and diced


½ cup(s)

Fresh orange juice


Dried cranberries

¼ cup(s), chopped

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp


1 large, navel variety

Ginger root

1 tsp, peeled, grated fresh


  1. Combine pears, apples, water, orange juice, cranberries, and cinnamon in medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit is just tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grate zest from orange and place in small bowl. With sharp knife, peel orange, removing all white pith. Working over same bowl, cut between membranes to release segments into bowl. Using 2 forks, break segments into small pieces
  3. Remove pear mixture from heat. Stir in orange mixture and ginger. Transfer to bowl to cool slightly. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Compote may be refrigerated up to 1 week.
  4. Serving size: 1/2 cup