Out of maple syrup on Pancake Sunday – what is a good mom to do? Make an omelette? Serve fake syrup? Go out?
Motivated by a 3-bag-full trip to a new farmer’s market and a post about blueberry compote by Hannah from the blog Blue Kale Road, I created a fruit compote instead, using the beautiful fresh berries purchased the day before. Compote-making is a simple process – you can get the gist of it from just these few photos. Then give it a try yourself over this long Memorial Day weekend ahead.
Wash and quarter a pint of strawberries and rinse a cup of blueberries and place them in a medium size sauce pan. Add two tablespoons of sugar.
Add the zest of about half of a medium size lemon (meyer if you have it), also a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of vanilla
Turn the stove to medium until the mixture begins to boil (about five minutes), then turn to medium low and let it simmer for about another ten minutes. Taste for sweetness and flavor – I added the very last teaspoon of maple syrup at the end for just a touch more sweetness and hint of maple flavor.
Let is cool down before using – it will thicken up a bit more as it does. Serve it over Deb’s Perfect Pancakes!
I had some leftover compote which I ate about three days later and the flavor was even better! So this is definitely a recipe you can make ahead for a brunch or gathering of any sort.
What fruits are you most excited about now that summer fruit season is underway?
Fresh Fruit Compote: The Perfect Pancake Topper
- 1 pint strawberries cleaned and quartered
- 1 cup blueberries washed
- 2 tablespoons sugar could also use honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc
- zest of 1/2 of a medium lemon
- 1 tablespoon juice from the lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Turn down to medium low and let slowly simmer/boil for about 10 more minutes until the fruit is starting to break down but is still whole.
- Take off heat and let it cool down a bit before using. It will thicken up a bit as it does.