Fruits in season are all the time finest eaten fresh. However, when there’s such an abundance of them you could’t eat them instantly, you’ll be able to flip these seasonal fruits into jam. Or higher nonetheless, into a fruit compote.
Unlike jam, a fruit compote incorporates complete or diced fruits. The fruits are cooked in sugar solely till they’re softened, and are usually not mashed into oblivion. In different phrases, the fruits are nonetheless recognizable and are usually not obscured by the sugar or any extra liquid.
Fruit compotes are additionally much less sticky and are extra fluid than jam. As such they’re simpler to unfold on bread, scones or muffins. Their consistency additionally makes them a perfect topping for ice cream and yogurt.
On a current journey to the markets of Baguio, I discovered some mounds of freshly picked strawberries that appeared candy and juicy. Naturally I purchased a few kilos. Back house I cooked them into a compote, ensuring to not overcook them so the fruits retained their form.
I additionally stirred the combination always so it wouldn’t persist with the underside of the pan. The outcome was a delicate confection of complete fruits that sparkled like rubies when spooned onto a plate. We’ve been having them for breakfast the previous few days.
Some compotes could also be cooked with spices or liqueur to reinforce their style. I favor this fast and easy recipe that stews the fruit solely in sugar. That approach the flavors of the strawberries are well-preserved.
Homemade strawberry compote
four c fresh strawberries
four c white granulated sugar
Wash the strawberries nicely. Remove the stems and any white elements on the underside. If the strawberries are giant, slice them in halves. Keep the fruits complete in the event that they’re small.
Combine the strawberries and sugar in a giant saucepan and convey to a boil. Lower warmth to a simmer. Cook over low warmth whereas stirring often. Mixture will bubble so watch out whereas stirring.
Be certain the combination doesn’t persist with the underside of the pan (that’s why you need to stir it often).
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, till strawberries are softened however nonetheless retain their form. There ought to nonetheless be some liquid within the pan.
Transfer the combination to a heat-proof bowl and let cool. Store in clear (ideally sterilized) jars. Serve as a unfold for toast, muffins or scones. Makes about two cups.
Other serving options:
Spoon compote over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Serve compote with whipped cream.
Use as a topping for yogurt.
Use the freshest fruits yow will discover.
If the strawberries are very candy, you should utilize much less sugar.
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