Spicy Fruit Compote

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Spicy Fruit Compote

Spicy Fruit Compote is a great go-to food to have in the fridge if you want to jazz up a plain yogurt, muesli or your porridge in the morning. I normally serve this to my hubby in a glass jar with yogurt. It’s for him to take to work for dessert after his lunch. Recently I discovered it also makes a great base for a crumble. (Recipe to follow soon).

In this fruit compote I have used apples and pears as they are great fruit which are very common at this time of year. They are low in fat and high in fibre. Both of these fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. These delicious fruits have the same amounts of vitamin C which is great for repairing skin tissue, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.

However, they do contain slightly different nutrients and minerals. For instance, pears have lots of phytonutrients, particularly flavonoids, which are natural chemical compounds that have been found to have disease-fighting properties. Apples also contain a healthy dose of polyphenols, another phytonutrient. Phytonutrients aren’t essential like vitamins or minerals but they can help to fight diseases like cancer.

So this healthy compote is not only good for you but tastes delicious too. It’s full of vitamin C from the apples and pears and lots of other great fruit and spice too. We really enjoy it and it’s fantastic to have on hand in the fridge. A great quick dessert that may be needed at this time of year.

Equipment needed

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Large saucepan
  • Zester
  • Fork
  • Teaspoon
  • Glass jar or tupperware box

Ingredients

  • Apples x 4
  • Pears x 4
  • Blueberries x 1 large handful
  • Blackberries x 1 large handful
  • Raspberries x 1 large handful
  • Lemon x 1
  • Cinnamon x 2 heaped teaspoons
  • Water x 50mls

Method

  • Peel, chop and remove the core from the apples and pears.
  • Put them into the saucepan along with the berries and cinnamon.
  • Zest the skin from the lemon using the zester.
  • Chop it in half and juice the lemon using the fork.
    • Be careful not to get the pips of the lemons into the fruit.
  • Add the water and put the pan on a medium heat.
  • Leave to simmer.
  • Once the apples have softened, add in the cinnamon and stir until it has dissolved.
  • Leave to cool and place in a sterile jar or tupperware box until ready to use.
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Spicy Fruit Compote

As I mentioned earlier, this spicy fruit compote is a great go-to food. It’s a food you can keep for a few weeks and know if you need a quick dessert it’s there. My husband and son both enjoyed it as a crumble and Howard loves taking it to work with yogurt in a glass jar. However you decide to enjoy it, as always, please enjoy.