Thursday, September 26, 2013

Simple Peach and Berry Fruit Compote

a bowl of peaches and berries
This picture is before cooking
What is fruit compote ? Compote is an old fashioned word that I don't hear very often.. The idea of making compote dates back to Medieval Europe. My mom used to make fruity compotes all the time for a light dessert, but who makes compote anymore? Yet, it happens to be a simple and absolutely delicious gluten free dessert that can be made with almost any fruit and shouldn't be forgotten.

By the way, compote is the French word for " mixture,"

5 Reasons To Make Fruit Compotes

1. Quick and EASY - can be made in 15 minutes

2. Healthy dessert or topping for pancakes, waffles, or muffins ( GF of course) or ice cream

3. Tastes Amazing- you can vary the fruit to the season or your personal preference

4. Practical way to use up ripe fruit- too much fruit? make a compote

5. Naturally Gluten Free and Vegan 

Which Fruits Did I Use? 

I made my compote with fresh summer peaches and a frozen berry mixture of raspberries, blueberries, sweet red cherries, and blackberries ( the mixture is from Trader Joe's and is my favorite- love the large sweet cherries).

I simply cut up the fresh peaches, combined them with the frozen berries from the Trader Joe package, cinnamon and vanilla and cooked the mixture on the stove top in a pot for about 10 minutes. OMG- what a flavorful treat with no added sweeteners!

 I added some chopped walnuts at the end. The Tablespoon of arrowroot powder ( or GMO free cornstarch) or chia seeds thickens up the mixture. But that is optional. It is fabulous without the thickener.

Eat with ice cream, over gluten free cake, plain, or with cooked winter squash.

Author: Judee Algazi @Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6

4 peaches, washed , peeled , and sliced ( you could use frozen)
1/2 bag of frozen berry mixture.
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
1/2 Tablespoon of cinnamon
optional: 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds- if you want the mixture to thicken and add some extra nutrients
optional: 1 Tablespoon of pure maple syrup if your fruit is not sweet enough
10 walnuts, chopped ( added at the end or when serving)

Mix all the ingredients together except the walnuts. Put into a medium saucepan and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes. Stirring frequently. Allow to cool. Add in walnuts and mix.

Thanksgiving Idea: Spoon this heavenly mixture into the cavity of 3-4 already baked acorn squash halves. Acorn squash tends to be bland and not sweet. Baking the acorn squash halves and then filling with compote makes a beautiful side dish of vegetable, fruit, nuts, and chia seeds. I would add some fresh cranberries to the fruit mixture. Perfect for any vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free guests!

Passover Idea: Passover is a holiday that we traditionally refrain from leavened products, yet the Passover baked goods can be challenging and unhealthy. What could be more Kosher for Passover than a simple fruit compote with nuts and spices. Use frozen fruit for variety and convenience.

Rosh Hashanah Idea: Make a fruit compote using apples, pears for the New Year!

Fruit compote with peaches and berries
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