This scrumptious and versatile fruit compote is super easy to make and great for all ages. Try swirling it into your morning oatmeal, using it as a delicious pancake topping or adding it into baked goods.
WHAT IS FRUIT COMPOTE?
Fruit compote is made by cooking whole or pieces of fruit (fresh or frozen) in sugar syrup. Often different ingredients are added such as spices, citrus peel or dried fruit. The end result is a deliciously textured fruit sauce.
This version of fruit compote uses orange juice to replace sugar syrup. Cinnamon, ginger and orange zest are added for extra flavour.
WHAT FRUIT CAN YOU USE?
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to suit whatever fruit is in season. You can use fresh fruit, frozen fruit and even add dried fruit into the mix.
HOW TO MAKE FRUIT COMPOTE
It doesn’t really get much easier than this compote recipe.
- Add all ingredients to a pan
- Bring to a boil
- Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 -12 mins. Stir and mash fruit during this time.
WANT A THICKER COMPOTE?
If you prefer a thicker compote then you can add some chia seeds. Once it has been simmering for 10 mins, remove your compote from the stove top and add 1 tbsp of chia seeds. Stir and allow to thicken.
OTHER FLAVOUR IDEAS
Once you have the hang of making compote (not difficult) you can experiment with a range of flavours. Why not try adding
- SPICES: Cinnamon, Ginger, Star Anise, Cardamom, Vanilla
- CITRUS: Lemon/lime/orange juice, zest or rind.
- DRIED FRUIT: Intensify flavour and sweetness with some dried fruit e.g apricots, raisins, figs.
- FLAVOURED WATER /JUICE: Rosewater (a personal favourite), Orange Blossom Water or frut juices such as cranberry or pomegranate.
- HERBS: Mint, Basil, Rosemary (add after cooking)
Compote can be served warm, straight after cooking, or chilled. It is delicious by the spoonful but you can enjoy it in a variety of ways.
- Stir through some yoghurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese or ice-cream
- Top pancakes, waffles or french toast.
- Use in baking and desserts
- Use as a dip
FRUIT COMPOTE FOR BABIES
Fruit compote is great for babies. Mash the fruit to the consistency your baby is used to and serve as per the suggestions above.
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Freeze in an ice-cube tray and then transfer to freezable container/bag. Store for up to 3 months.
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- 430g (3 cups) Mixed Berries (or fruit of choice)
- 2 tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
- Zest of half an orange
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally
- Once bubbling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Mash fruit as it simmers, to desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator.
- You can use fresh or frozen fruit.
- If you prefer a thicker compote then remove cooked compote from the heat and add a tbsp of chia seeds. Stir through and allow to thicken.
- If required, sweeten with sweetener of choice