Pear Pistachio Compote Serves 4 to 6 The secret to this mouthwatering dessert is the exotic taste of pistachios and the rich, pleasing aroma of tawny port. For an elegant end to any meal, serve the compote in wine glasses with a twist of lemon for garnish.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

1/2 cup water

4 pears, cored and cut into chunks

2 tablespoons rice syrup

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons tawny port

Lemon zest (grated peel) to garnish

1. Combine pistachios and water in a blender to make a nut milk; puree until smooth.

2. Combine pears, rice syrup, raisins, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, port and nut milk in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until raisins are just plump.

3. To serve, spoon compote into wine glasses and garnish with a sprinkling of lemon zest.