Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dried Fruit Compote

Did you know you can make compote from dried fruit? You can also use just about any combination. For this one, I was really wishing that I had dried apples to add to it but I used what I had on hand which was a little dab of this and a little dab of that. :-)
This is a perfect treat for those of us who don't show very frequently and need fruit after the fresh fruit has run out. You can keep this extra frugal by using cheaper fruits and home-dried fruits as well.

1 cup chopped prunes
1 cup chopped apricots
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped dates
handful dried cherries
juice and zest of 2 oranges (or other citrus)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water or bland juice such as apple or combination of both
*opt. a couple of tablespoons of honey for flavor to drizzle when serving

Place all of the dried fruits in a lidded pot. Cover with the water, zest, and juice.
Simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve with a drizzle of honey and extra zest if desired.

Lots of combinations could work with this. From your fruits, to your juice, to your additional flavorings.
Grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and more could be added interchangeably to vary this dish.
You can also serve it over rice, pancakes, waffles, plain cake, with a little cream, etc.
Nuts would be great in this too!
We had it over a plain slice of cake with a little half and half drizzled on top.


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh my mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing this . . . what a lovely treat on a cold, winter/spring/wish it were summer night!

Donna said...

Thank you Lauren!
I like it hot- or cold- so you're right, it's an all-season kinda treat! :-)