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Cranberry Compote

This best-of-the-season dish adds to the beauty and bounty of any holiday spread. Whether served warm or cold, it's a delectable fruity treat for the taste buds as well as for the eyes when it's presented in a clear glass bowl. -Carole Dishman, Hampton, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 cups


  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) apricot halves, drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and apples are tender. Add the peaches and apricots; heat through. Stir in pecans; serve warm or chilled. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 255 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Lkn
    Nov 1, 2017

    I've used this recipe since 2003. It's great tasting and also makes the house smell wonderful. Adults love it. Children are more picky about it.

  • daniel2142
    Nov 24, 2015

    I have been making this recipe for holiday dinners since it was published 15 years ago.Everyone loves it. It is fast, easy, and makes the house smell wonderful not to mention it is delicious. There is NO reason for canned cranberry sauce EVER again!

  • pamela53
    Nov 19, 2015

    This became my all-time favorite several years ago. I absolutely love to make this for this time of year. The canned fruits are easily substituted so you can use what you might have on hand. Pears work nicely.

  • GailJay
    Nov 26, 2013

    I made this last year and it instantly became a family favorite!

  • nahat
    Jan 25, 2013

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  • minmom
    Nov 30, 2012

    My mother-n-law loved this! It has an old fashioned flavor similar to canned spiced apples only better.

  • pixiedust10
    Oct 9, 2012

    I first made this recipe over 10 years ago, and it is still a hit. I am ask to make it every Thanksgiving. I always omit the orange peel because to me it has a bitter taste.

  • Paula K.
    Oct 29, 2011

    This recipe has become a tradition for my family at Thanksgiving. The kids say, "what is compote"? It is stewed fruit. Thanksgiving seems like one should serve some cranberry dish...and this is it! The kitchen smells wonderful as this cooks on the stove and it is good warm or cold!

  • l2bake
    Jan 18, 2011

    Wonderful Flavor! I did make a few changes though..I was out of orange juice so I used cherry juice, & I did not have golden raisins so I used dried currents! Very happy with the way this turned out!

  • ahmom
    Jan 24, 2010