I had some ripe bananas, apples and pears that are a week past their expiry date. If it was before the coronavirus outbreak, I might have thrown away them and gone to a supermarket to buy new ones. But, it’s during the outbreak and I didn’t want to waste fruit that, normally, seems fine to eat after the expiry date. The bananas are well-ripened, so I mashed them and decided to bake banana bread.


Apple and Pear Compote in White Wine

Peeling the skin off them, I found that they were still good inside and perfectly ripened. I then decided to cook apples and pears with sugar, lemon juice and leftover white wine, making fruit compote. This is a great solution for using up leftover fruit and wine and is also versatile. I serve them with yoghurt or vanilla ice cream.



Here’s what to do.


  • 3 apples
  • 3 pears
  • 400 ml white wine (ideally the wine should cover the fruit in a pan)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon



  1. Wash and peel the apples and pears. Cut into quarters. Slice each quarter.
  2. Heat all the ingredients together in a pan.
  3. Bring to the boil. Skim the foam from the surface. Reduce heat, and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes, placing a lid (you can use foil) to cover the pan.
  4. Let them rest until they’ve cooled down. Chill in the fridge with the soup. This goes well with yoghurt, ice cream or cake topping. Enjoy!