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Winter fruit compote

Use your slow cooker to make stewed fruit that you can serve over oatmeal for breakfast, or over rice pudding or vanilla bean ice cream for dessert!
 
Disclosure: I was provided with a free Crock-Pot brand slow cooker to test out, with the purpose of writing a recipe for it.  All opinions stated within are my own. 
winter fruit compote

The beauty of the Crock-Pot: they are reliable slow heating machines that allow you to set them and forget them. You put all the ingredients together in the Crock-Pot and start it, then you go about your day, and a few hours later, your meal is ready! 

fruit compote

When I think of slow cooker recipes, I think of winter. I came up with this breakfast idea when the temperatures outside dropped suddenly, and my breakfast of granola and cold yogurt with frozen berries just wasn’t as tempting any more. Who wants to eat frozen berries on a cold winter morning? I used the slow cooker to revive and warm dried fruits in a light syrup with a few spices, but you could also do this in a regular pot on the stove. Served warm over some hot oatmeal, it’s just perfect for a tummy-warming breakfast on a chilly morning. 

winter fruit compote

Use your slow cooker to make stewed fruit that you can also serve over rice pudding or vanilla bean ice cream for dessert!

Winter fruit compote

Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword dried fruit compote, winter fruit compote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Author Janice

Equipment

Crock-pot

Ingredients

  • 750 mL water
  • 100–200 grams granulated sugar 1/2–1 cup, depending on how sweet you want it
  • 500 grams unsweetened/plain dried fruits I used apples, pears, cranberries, apricots, prunes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 lemon zested
  • cooked oatmeal to serve or vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • In the Crock-Pot (I used the old version of this Crock-pot), stir together the water and the sugar with a wooden spoon.
  • Drop in all the dried fruits, the spices, and zests, and stir to combine.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to high.
  • Let the mixture cook for about 4 hours or until you are ready to serve it (my Crock-Pot switches to a “warm” setting when time is up so you could even set it overnight for a warm breakfast).
  • Serve the warm compote over cooked oatmeal for breakfast or over vanilla ice cream for dessert.
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cinnamon, dried apple, dried cranberries, dried fruit, star anise

5 Responses to Winter fruit compote

  1. Rachel Ring January 23, 2013 at 2:21 AM #

    WOW – This must make the house smell amazing, looks SO good. Looking forward to this over Ice Cream 🙂

    • Janice Lawandi January 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM #

      Oh yes it does! It’s such an easy recipe and you can absolutely tweak it with your own fruits and spices. Let me know if you do get a chance to make it 🙂

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