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What is a Fruit Compote?

Compote is a rich, thick, fruit sauce dessert which contains fresh or dried fruit that has been stewed and broken down in syrup containing sugar and other spices such as vanilla, cloves or cinnamon.  The fruit may be whole or pureed, fresh, frozen or dried.  When using dried fruit it will need to soak in water first. Compote recipes will sometimes include alcohol such as rum, brandy or liqueur.

Making a fruit compote is a great way to use up fruit before it spoils. Compote is a delicious sauce for topping ice cream, French toast, waffles, adding to yogurt, or even using as a substitute for jam.  The sugar content in compote is lower than that of jam so it is a healthier alternative and it is easier to make.

Plums, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Apples and Cherries are all fruits suitable for compote.  Compote can be made with just 1 variety of fruit or a combination of different fruits.

Below you will find a variety of fruit compote recipes:

Apple Compote
Blackberry Compote
Cherry Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote: The Perfect Pancake Topper
Strawberry Compote

If you try compote for the first time or have a recipe you’d like to share please leave a comment.

Fruit Tip: How to Make Strawberries Last Longer

With spring finally here fresh berry season is just a few months away. In just a short time the sweet fruits will be available at the farmer’s market, road-side stands and grocery stores. Fresh strawberries are beautiful and delicious but they have a tendency of spoiling quickly.

The normal shelf life for strawberries isn’t very long and though many families have no trouble finishing off a carton of berries in a couple of days, or even hours, sometimes you’d like the edible fruit to last a little while longer. The good news is that there is an easy tip that will help keep strawberries fresh longer, allowing you more time to enjoy them. The secret is vinegar.

It might sound surprising but a mixture of water and vinegar can help extend the life of your fresh strawberries. The ph of vinegar helps to kill mold spores and bacteria on the strawberries. This mold and bacteria speed up the spoiling process of the fruit so killing them helps to keep the strawberries fresh longer.

Keeping Strawberries Fresh Longer:

• Rinse strawberries under cool water and then place them in a bowl.

Strawberries• For every 2 cups of water stir in ¼ cup of vinegar (apple cider or white)

• Pour the vinegar mixture over the strawberries agitating gently to dislodge dirt and bacteria

• Allow the strawberries to sit in the mixture for 5 minutes

• Drain the berries in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove any remaining dirt as well as the vinegar flavor

• Allow berries to dry before placing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Line the container with paper towels which will absorb moisture extending the life of the strawberries.

*Note: This washing solution will work with other berries as well including raspberries and blackberries.