Fruit compote is a simple recipe made with fresh or frozen fruit. Whether you make strawberry compote, raspberry compote or mixed berry compote, the end result is perfect for pancakes, yogurt, ice cream or just to eat as a dessert all on its own.
2cupsfresh or frozen mixed berrieswashed, if fresh
2tablespoonssugaror use honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or date syrup
½teaspoonlemon zest about ½ of a medium lemon
1tablespoonjuice from the lemon
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 for about 10 more minutes until the fruit starts to break down but is still whole. For a smoother compote, use a masher or wooden spoon to crush the chunks of fruit.
Take off heat and let it cool down before using. It will thicken up a bit as it does.
Be creative with your flavors - use alternate citrus such as oranges or limes or add cinnamon, ginger, allspice or cardamom. You are only restricted by your spice drawer or imagination!
This compote recipe can be made with the freshest fruit or as a clean-out-your-fruit-drawer dish. Have fun with this and see what happens when you mix berries, add in other fruits like figs, or mix frozen and fresh or even add in some dried fruit pieces!
Remember to taste your berry compote because the amount of sweetener you need will depend on how sweet your fruit is to begin with!