We love compote at DW baby. It can be adapted to suit the season, and is like jam but with none of the hassle of temperature probing or muslin. Whilst we are wary of a high added sugar diet for babies there is no harm in a little seasonal compote spread on toast or muffins. All you need is sugar, seasonal produce, a little heat, some lemon juice (or other acid like lime or vinegar) and around 45 minutes of your time.
For a batch of compote, as a general recipe we add to a pan the following ingredients:
- 1 kg of seasonal fruit
- a dash of lemon juice
- 2 cups of water (do not use if you are using frozen fruit as moisture will be released)
- 300 g sugar
Simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes to an hour until the desired consistency is reached. This will depend on whether you are planning to spread your compote, mix into a yoghurt or spoon over a dessert.
For this time of year why not make a clementine or orange compote, complete with seasonal flavours. Just add together and simmer in a pan:
- 8 small seedless oranges or clementines
- 2 cups water
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
Remove the hard spices and store in a sterilised jar.
Flavouring depends entirely on the fruit you are using. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you
Apple: Cinnamon, vanilla, rum!
Apricot: Ginger, brandy
Pineapple: Chilli & mint
Strawberry: Orange peel
Stone fruit: Chilli
The great thing is that you can store compote in a sterilised jar for an extended shelf life.