Easy Berry Fruit Compote

Fruit Compote - just a fancy name for fruit cooked with sugar and spice.

I needed a last minute dessert. And by ‘last minute’ I mean dinner was served the dishes were cleaned and then it dawned on me, ‘I should serve a dessert’.

My first thought was, head to freezer. Typically I have some pre-made Trader Joe’s goodies in there, but of course I didn’t. But what I did have was ice cream and frozen berries. So I threw together a quick compote and wa-la instant dessert. But as you can see from the pix, I didn’t wait for it to cool before serving.

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Compotes is great on top ice cream, waffles, pancakes, biscuits, granola and so much more! Have fun with it and let me know if you give it a try, tag #desociointhekitchen


Ingredients

• 2 cups frozen berries - I used cherries and blueberries
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
• 1 to 2 tablespoon cornstarch
• a pinch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg - optional, add at the beginning
• mint sprig garnish - optional, I had some in my garden so I went for it.

Directions

  1. Combine everything (except cornstarch) in a small pot and bring to a gentle boil.

  2. Turn down the heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once the fruit has begun to breakdown I like to mash it up a little.

  4. After the fruit has cooked for maybe 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and stir well.

  5. Sauce should begin to thicken, then turn down the heat. If after a minute or so if the sauce doesn’t get thick add a little more cornstarch.

  6. Do a taste test and if it’s not sweet enough for you add a little more honey or sugar and you’re finished!

Notes:
- You can make a compote 1 to 2 days a head of time and warm it up just before serving.
- You can also use fresh berries, they just take a little longer breakdown and you may need a little more water and sugar.