When I was in Atlanta visiting
the Divine Miss M, I picked up her latest cookbook,
"Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?"
This book is chocked full of marvelous ideas
and recipes that are simplistic, yet
This is one that I made and was featured
on our Christmas dinner table.
She stated that this is a perfect side dish
with roasted chicken or turkey, but it's also
good served warm with a drizzle of half-and-half
or on a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Zest and juice of 2 large navel oranges
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
8 sweet red apples
7 Bosc pears
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 T. butter
1 t. cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg (~Estelle's sweet tip)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon
in a dutch oven. Peel and quarter the apples
and pears and toss them in the juice.
Add the brown sugar, butter and spices.
Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours, until
the pears and apples are tender.
Mix with a hand blender until portions
of the mixture are smooth, but
at least half of the mixture is still chunky.