Happy National Fruit Compote Day! Every year on March 1st, National Fruit Compote Day is observed in the United States. The word compote is French for “mixture,” and is a dessert that originated in 17th Century France. Compote is made up of whole or cut pieces of mixed fruit that are cooked in water with sugar and spices like orange peel, cinnamon, lemon peel, vanilla, cloves, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit or raisins. Served warm or cold, fruit compote is a simple yet delicious dessert any time of year.
Here is a summer compote recipe with cherries, strawberries and a splash of orange juice.
•3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries and Bing cherries
•3 TBSP orange juice
•1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
•1/4 tsp ground ginger
•1 tsp sugar
•1 tsp Chia seeds (add after removing from heat)
1. In a small saucepan, combine fruit and orange juice and bring to medium heat.
2. Once mixture is bubbling, reduce heat and use a Pujols Kitchen spatula to mash the fruit.
3. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, mashing fruit to combine.
4. Remove compote from heat and transfer to a clean jar or container. Allow compote to cool thoroughly. Store in the fridge and reheat to serve with French toast, ice cream sundaes, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, cheese cake, and more.