Autumn and winter offer a delicious selection of fruits. One way to enjoy these fruits during the cooler months, when you’re looking for warming foods, is to make a spiced compote.
While many compotes use dried fruits, this recipe is just for fresh winter fruits: apples, pears and, as something a little different, mandarins. If you like add some dried fruits as well.
1 cup of water
1 Tbsp. of honey
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods, bruised
slice of peel from mandarin
2 apples, sliced
1 pear, sliced
1 mandarin, segmented, pith removed
- Combine first eight ingredients (for the syrup) in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the apple and pear and simmer for a further 10 minutes. If the syrup is drying out, add a little extra water as needed so that the fruit doesn’t burn.
- Add mandarin segments and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, place a lid on the saucepan and let stand for 1 – 2 hours.
- Remove peel and spices before serving if desired.
- If the syrup is quite liquid, strain the fruit out and boil the syrup until reduced.
- Store in the fridge until needed.
Serve warm or cool, as a dessert, on pancakes or on porridge. Next week, I’ll share how we enjoyed our winter fruit compote.
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