This winter fruit compote of spiced pears, apricots and prunes makes a delicious, healthy breakfast or pudding. Not only does it taste great it’s low in calories. A perfect way to get some of your 5-a-day.
Serves: 8
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 4 firm ripe pears, peeled and quartered


    • 1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out


    • 4 tbsp clear honey


    • 1 cinnamon stick


    • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange


    • 200g (7oz) ready-to-eat apricots


    • 200g (7oz) ready-to-eat prunes


    • 50g (2oz) Craisins (or dried cranberries)


    • 100ml (3½fl oz) elderflower cordial






    1. Put the pears in a pan large enough to fit them snugly in one layer and cover with 450ml (¾ pint) water. Add the vanilla pod and seeds, honey, cinnamon stick, orange zest and juice.


    1. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 mins until the pears are just tender.


    1. Add the apricots, prunes, Craisins and elderflower cordial, cover and cool.


    1. Store, covered, in the fridge for up to 1 week.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 0.5g saturates 0.0g calories 184(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.