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I have a thing for fruit compotes. You get all the delicious flavor of a jam in a quick 15-minute recipe. If you want to take your breakfast or brunch menu to a whole new level, serve compote as a topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and oatmeal. The best part of this compote recipe version is that it uses frozen fruit, so you can enjoy this delicious berry goodness all year long!
Fruit Compote Ingredients
Compote originates from Europe and is basically fruit cooked in a sweet syrup. To make fruit compote, the base is basically the same.
- Fresh or frozen fruit (you'll want to add 3-4 tbsp of liquid if you are using fresh fruit, water or fruit juice works great and you can adjust the sweetener accordingly if using juice)
- A sweetener (I prefer coconut sugar, a blend of maple syrup and coconut sugar, or Whole Earth sweetener for a sugar-free version)
- Citrus juice (lemon, lime, or orange)
- Optional add-ins: chopped fresh herbs, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, etc.), citrus zest, extracts (vanilla, orange, etc.), coconut, raisins, and tapioca starch if you want to thicken it a bit. It does thicken as it cools, so a thickener is only needed when using fresh fruit and extra liquid is added.
Tips For Compote Success
I recommend using a heavy stainless steel saucepan for the best results and even heat distribution. If you don't have a heavy-duty saucepan, just be sure to stir often and watch the mixture closely so it doesn't stick to the pot or burn. The quality of the cooking vessel does make a difference when making this recipe.
For a flavor boost, I highly recommend adding a teaspoon of chopped fresh basil leaves to this blackberry compote for a delicious twist!
Ideas For Serving Fruit Compote
- In place of syrup for pancakes and waffles
- Stir it into a bowl of oatmeal or serve with overnight muesli
- As a dessert topper for cheesecake, brownies, or ice cream
- Stir it into a bowl of plain Greek yogurt instead of buying the fruit yogurt blends that are high in sugar
- Serve with cottage cheese for a delicious high-protein bedtime snack.
More Delicious Fruit Compote Recipes
After the compote has cooled, pour into a glass jar or dish with a sealable lid and keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. However, I don't think it will last that long. 😉
Easy Blackberry Compote
- 2 ½ cups frozen blackberries
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
- Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 more minutes
- Allow to cool and serve (the compote will thicken as it cools)