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Wine poached pears in glass compote
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Definition: In the culinary arts, a compote is a recipe consisting of some sort of fruit, fresh or dried, that has been stewed in a syrup of sugar and other flavorings.

The fruit in a compote can be whole or puréed. When a compote is made with dried fruit, the fruit is typically soaked in water first. Compote recipes are sometimes made with brandy, rum or liqueur.

Fruit compote is frequently made from figs, pears, apples, plums, berries, or even rhubarb. Compote recipes usually include other flavorings, such as vanilla, cinnamon or cloves.
Pronunciation: KOM-pote
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