Old-fashioned Fall Fruit Compote Recipe

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, November 10, 1914:  <<no entry>>Fall fuirt compote 2

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I t thought you might enjoy an old compote recipe that uses Fall fruits.

Old-Fashioned Fall Fruit Compote

3 pears

3 apples

3/4 cup raisins

1 1/2 cup cider

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Core pears and apples (but do not peel); then cut into 1-inch cubes. Combine cubed pears and apples, raisins, cider, water,  cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in large saucepan. Bring to a boil using medium heat. Reduce heat and cook for another 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat; drain using a colander, saving save the liquid. Combine the reserved liquid with the cornstarch; and return to saucepan. Using medium heat, reheat while stirring constantly until the liquid thickens. Remove from heat, and combine with the cooked fruit. Cool and serve.

Makes 4-5 servings

21 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Fall Fruit Compote Recipe

  1. I was thinking the same thing yesterday…apples, nuts, cinnamon. I have lived in California, Texas, Ohio and Michigan. Even though I enjoyed the warm weather, I love states with a fall season where you can enjoy all the wonderful fruits, nuts and vegetables of the colder weather. Wish we knew what Helena would have liked!!!

        1. I sometimes wish that foods weren’t available out of season. I can remember anticipating strawberries and corn on the cob when I was a child–and how awesome they tasted when they finally were in season. Something is lost when almost all fruits and vegetables are available year round.

          1. Maybe it’s just the romanticizing of memory, but it seems seasonal fruits and veggies were sweeter and juicer — I mean, rally so. When we were in the Netherlands a couple of years ago, the guide talked about the growing of tomatoes and, only half jokingly, said the less tasty ones were imported to the States. Why not? It makes sense to save the fruity, delicious ones for ones own people …

    1. You’re absolutely right, compotes are a good way to use fruits that are a bit past their prime. When I cook I always try to think about the best use for the fruits and vegetables that I have on hand.

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