Dried Fruit Winter Compote

Dried Fruit Winter Compote


You know what is a sweet, comforting winter yet not too indulgent dessert?  Winter compote.  Even just writing these words on the page evokes the calming, warming sensation that I feel when I sink into some yummy compote over some fresh steel cut oats with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, or even on its own or on top of some greek yogurt.  This is a simple delight that can be made easily, stored easily and used throughout those long dreary winter evenings.   Enjoy!


Recipe by: Arlene Jacobs


Serves 6 – 8


4 cups mixed dried fruits – apples, pears, figs, cherries, golden raisins, prunes or dried fruits of choice

1 cup orange juice

1 cup red wine

¼ cup sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped with back of small knife

2 cinnamon sticks

2 – 4-in. x ½-in. pieces orange zest (use carrot peeler)

1 tsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. orange flower water




Place all ingredients, except orange flower water, in a medium saucepan and cook at a slight simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until liquid thickens to a syrupy glaze.   (Add a little water if syrup becomes too thick.) Remove from heat and add ½ tsp. orange flower water. Stir to combine.


NOTE: Orange water flower is readily available online, you could also use rosewater, which is found in middle eastern speciality stores or online.

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