Some of the best fruits are winter fruits. This spiced winter fruit compote makes the most of these fruits. Serve on porridge for a healthy breakfast or top with ice cream for a delicious dessert.
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 winter fruit compote.
What is a compote?
A compote is fruit cooked in a syrup.
A syrup is usually made from water and sugar although in this recipe, I use honey instead of sugar.
The syrup is also flavoured with spices: star anise, cinnamon, cardamon pods and cloves.
Many compotes use dried fruits. While this recipe just includes fresh fruit, you can add some sultanas to this if you wish.
The winter fruits in this compote include apples, pears and mandarins. For more winter fruit ideas, check out the winter seasonal produce guide.
Once you’ve made this compote, what’s the best way to eat it?
You can serve it with cream, custard or ice cream for a winter dessert. Or you can eat this compote for breakfast on top of porridge or pancakes.
I like to eat it on semolina porridge drizzled with a little cream.
Looking for more winter fruit recipes? These cardamon spices caramel apples are delicious!
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp. of honey
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 2 cloves
- 2 cardamom pods, bruised
- slice of peel from mandarin
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1 mandarin, segmented, pith removed
- To make the syrup: combine the water, honey, vanilla, spices and the slice of peel in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat 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 to a thick, syrupy consistency.
- Store in the fridge until needed.
Serve warm or cool, as a dessert, on pancakes or on porridge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 9gSugar: 43gProtein: 2g
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