|pear and blackberry compote|
Skill level: Easy
about 700g pears, peeled, cored and chopped
caster sugar, to taste (I use homemade vanilla sugar)
4 x cloves
150g fresh (or frozen) blackberries
- Make the compote by first peeling, coring and chopping up the pears. Simmer the pears in a little water with the cloves and sugar to taste (about 3-4 tablespoons) for 10 to 15 minutes, until soft. If the pears have given off a lot of liquid you may need cook for a few minutes further to remove some of the liquid. Stir frequently so the pears don't catch on the bottom of the pan.
- Remove the cloves and add the blackberries. Warm through until the blackberries have started to soften. Taste for sweetness.
- You can either leave the fruit as is, or whizz up with a stick blender until smooth.