Pear-Apple Compote with Honey



1 pound apples
2⁄3 pound pears
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon honey

Yield: 4 servings


Peel, core, and dice the apples and pears. Pour lemon juice over them and toss. Into a heavy pan pour 1⁄2 cup water and the fruit mixture. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the fruit from sticking or burning. With a fork, crush the fruit coarsely while continuing to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the excess water evaporates. Remove from the heat, add the honey, and mix gently. Serve lukewarm or cold (if you store it in the fridge, take it out 30 minutes before serving). Note: Play with different varieties of apples, pears, and honey to renew the taste of the compote. For a special treat, add a small scoop of ice cream.