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Autumn - Pear and Apricot Compote

Using real ingredients this compote can be used as a spread or stacked with yogurt to make a yummy pudding. It is fun to make and will encourage your cookery skills but the best bit is that it not only delicious but can be stored in the fridge - ready to spread on hot toast or crunchy oatcakes when you come in, ravenous, after a hard day at school.

Makes a small bowl

What to find:
Three medium ripe pears (approx 375g)
One tablespoon chopped apricots
Half teaspoon cinnamon
50ml water

What to do:
1. Remove the stalk from the pears and peel off the skin using a potato peeler. Cut the peeled pears, in half lengthways with a knife. Carefully cut out the core. Cut the pears into small chunks.
2. Place the pear chunks, apricots, cinnamon and water into a small saucepan.
3. Cover the pan and cook over a gentle heat for about ten minutes until the pears have broken down to make a thick puree. You will need to check every 2-3 minutes and when you do, stir the pan with a wooden spoon. Remember gentle little stirs to keep the pears in the pan.
4. Allow the pears to cool for a few minutes and then use a potato masher to mash the pears and apricots up, until they are smooth. Put the lid back on the pan and allow the spread to cool completely.

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