Compote is a fruit drink made from fruits such as apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches and rhubarb. It can be served hot or cold. In the summer, compote is made from fresh fruits and is usually served cold. On hot days, it quenches thirst perfectly. However, in the winter and autumn, the basis of the compote is mostly dried fruits. Dried compote is an indispensable element of Christmas Eve and must not be missing from the Christmas Eve table.
For the preparation of dried fruit compote, you can use a mixture of dried fruits or bet on one specific fruit. I like to make Christmas compote from apples, plums and apricots. Often, I add other fruits and spices to it, such as cloves and cinnamon. I recommend the following recipe for dried fruit compote and I hope that you will enjoy it.
Ingredients for dried fruit compote.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 50 g dried cranberries
- 200 g smoked prunes
- 100 g dried apricot
- 70 g dried apples
- 1,8 l water
- 2 tablespoons of crystal sugar
- 1/2 fresh orange
How to make compote from dried fruit.
Put the dried fruits in a pot, pour in water and set aside for 30 minutes. Afterwards, add the cloves, sugar, anise star, cinnamon stick and sliced orange. Put the pot on the heat, bring it to a boil and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes. Cool the cooked compote before serving.
Good to know when making compote from dried fruit.
I added the orange to the compote along with the zest. Before adding it to the compote, I thoroughly scrubbed the skin under hot water.
For me, compote is best when it’s served the following day, which is why I usually prepare it the day before serving.
Do you like dishes with dried fruit? If so, try our recipe for Turkey pate with apricot.