This is a super easy dish and a great one to make with the kids. If you keep some good quality canned pears and pineapple all you need are some fresh apples and you’re on your way. It is a very versatile recipe. You can cut it into small chunks or large. When it is done, you can mash it with a potato masher or puree it in a blender. We like it chunky! It tastes great cold served with dinner as a side dish. It is also a great recipe for a holiday or a large crowd because you can make it well in advance and it still tastes great. You can serve it with some oatmeal or you can serve it warm with a little vanilla ice cream- my favorite.
This keeps well for up to a week in the refrigerator, stored in a tightly covered container.
- 1/2 ripe pineapple cut into chunks or 1 can of pineapple in juice (not in syrup)-drained (reserve liquid)
- 5 apples, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4-5 ripe pears, peeled or 1 large can of pears in their own juice-drained (reserve liquid)
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- ground cinnamon
- Place all of the fruit in a saucepan over a medium flame- if using fresh fruit put the pineapple in first since it has the most liquid and layer the rest on top.
- Cover and cook for abouut 5 few minutes, then stir it all together and add cinnamon sticks buried in the fruit.
- Cover tight and cook for 30- 45 minutes on low to medium- low flame. stir occasionally.
- Place in a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- They key is to cook this slow to allow it to cook in its own juices, however if there is not enough liquid add a bit of water, or the reserved juice if you used canned fruit.
Serve hot, warm or cold.
Keep the flame on low, and after 10 minutes or so make sure there is enough liquid in the pan so the fruit doesn’t stick to the bottom or dry out. If you have a heat diffuser, use it. If you cook it slow it should have enough liquid from the fruit. If it starts to dry out use the reserved liquid. You can mash it with a potato masher when it is done, while it is still in the pan, but if you like it a little chunkier- don’t bother. Also, you can leave the skin on the fruit if you like, just scrub the skin and slice the fruit very thin instead of into chunks. Kids don’t seem to like the skin on – so if your making it for them peel all the fruit.
I made this today and I got distracted and forgot about it. It ended up cooking for about an hour and it was still perfect. If you use a heat diffuser this can cook on a low flame for a very long time and it will not overcook. I like to use fresh fruit when I can but the canned fruit works well also, however it will cook a lot faster so pay attention and remember to keep the flame low.
As soon as this is done if you have some vanilla ice cream put it in a bowl and top it with the sauce. It is so delicious, trust me!
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Judy Banks, Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor, Holistic Health Coach
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