A compote is usually made from a fruit which is preserved or cooked in sugar syrup. It is of semi thick consistency. The syrup may be seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks or powder, cloves, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit, or raisins. The compote is served either warm or cold.
Poured over pancakes, cupcakes, crepes, ice creams etc. The uses are multi, and the taste, simply outstanding.
Really simple to prepare, you can use fruit of any kind.
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 2 tbsp water
- 3-4 tbsp sugar, varies depending on the sweetness of the strawberries
- 2-3 tsp cornflour
- ½ a lemon juice
- ½ a lemon zest
In a pan, mix the water, cornflour and sugar. Give it a boil, stirring all the while, so that lumps do not form. Now add, the lemon juice, zest and the chopped strawberries. Keep mixing, squashing the berries, till a thick strawberry puree is formed.
You could also add pureed strawberries, but we like bits of the fruit coming into the compote. So, I chopped and added them.
The result is a beautiful blinding red colored semi thick strawberry sauce. Its sweet and its tangy.
Pour it over cakes, puddings, pies, pancakes and even adds a little bit of zing to your plain vanilla ice cream.