1 cup pure maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 medium pear, peeled and coarsely chopped (core removed)
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, mix all ingredients together. Simmer over low-medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until needed.
Variations: Use chopped apples, bananas and/or raisins instead of (or in addition to) the pear
Tips: Avoid overly ripe fruit because it may disintegrate or turn mushy when heated.