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close up view of homemade pear compote in a glass jar on wood table.

Pear Compote

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Homemade pear compote is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. It's a delicious topper for waffles, pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal and more! 


Units Scale
  • 6 pears, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4" cubes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45-55 minutes, stirring several times, until pears are soft and liquid has thickened into a syrup. 
  2. Remove from heat and let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container for refrigerator storage. 


Type of pear: You can really use just about any variety of pear, so we don't specify a certain type in the recipe. I personally prefer Bartlett or Red Anjou pears, which tend to be sweeter, softer and juicier than other popular varieties. The most important part of choosing pears for this recipe is making sure they are ripe!

Storage: Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Freezer storage: For longer storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months. You can also freeze smaller portions in an ice cube tray to reheat for single-serving uses on pancakes, oatmeal, etc. For best results, defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

How to make a smoother compote: We prefer our pear compote on the chunkier side, but some prefer compote to have a texture more like applesauce. If you would prefer a smoother texture, you can gently mash the pears once softened, or blend using an immersion blender or regular blender. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 71
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 2.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g

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