Friday, November 4, 2011

Dried Apple, Cherry and Fig Compote


 When we lived in Mandeville, we had a Christmas Eve day tradition of brunch with a group of friends.  Our kids were all pretty young so we fed them pancakes and bacon first then sent them off to play while the grown ups sat down for the real deal.  Our menu did not vary.  Mimosas were poured. Craig cooked Abita quail, perfect served alongside Cindy's cheese grits.  Kerry baked bread, and I made this Dried Apple, Cherry and Fig Compote. We enjoyed our fabulous feast and good company, then headed home to nap before finishing last minute shopping and wrapping.

The compote is very versatile.  I love the combination of apple, cherry and fig, but sometimes substitute apricots for the apples and cranberries for the cherries, depending on what I have on hand.  The compote is a great addition to breakfast, brunch or dinner.  It adds a healthy side of fruit to turn Sausage Pinwheels into a complete breakfast.  The sweetness of the fruit compliments savory dishes like Duck Proscuitto Hash or Rösti Casserole with Baked Eggs for brunch or breakfast for dinner. The compote also works well with pork entrees and over ice cream.  Best of all, the compote is super easy and a great do-ahead. If you need to throw together a quick but delicious dish for a potluck this holiday season, this is the recipe for you.

Dried Apple, Cherry and Fig Compote

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dried apple slices
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup quartered dried Calimyrna figs
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados brandy
Directions:
  1. Combine the dried fruit with the apple juice and brandy in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  
  2. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquids have reduced to a syrup. 
Yield: 2 cups
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

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2 comments:

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Oh my, I can think of a zillion things to do with this yummy compote! And what a fun Christmas tradition you had!

Lynn said...

Thanks. We are staying in the mountains for Christmas this year -- I'm thinking its time to revive that tradition with a new group of friends!