Jam, jelly, preserves, marmalade, fruit butter, and compote. These are various ways to enjoy fruit. The process for all of these is a little different, but they all produce a delicious treat. This recipe will focus on making a plum compote.
Traditionally, a compote is made with fresh or dried fruit (whole or cut into pieces) that's slowly cooked in a bit of sugar and spices. Slow cooking is important for the fruit to maintain its shape.
Compote is a chunky mixture that is pretty much a simplified jam. You can literally make it in under an hour without having to fuss with thickening ingredients. As a matter of fact, you only need a handful of ingredients and customize it to your liking. While preserves and conserves are typically jarred, compotes are often made and used immediately as a component of a dish. You can refrigerate them for later use though.
Look at what is in season and create your masterpiece from there. You can do so many things with a compote. Depending on the ingredients you choose, you can put your compote over ice cream, yogurt, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or even savory dishes.
1 pound black plums (use whatever fruit is in season)
1/4 cup water
2 Tbs maple syrup (honey, coconut sugar, coconut nectar, etc.)
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp dried lavender (optional)
1. Wash plums, remove pits, and slice into quarters.
2. Place the plums and the rest of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
3. Over medium heat, bring the plums to a simmer with the lid on. Remove the lid and cook another 10 minutes or so, just until tender but still in tact.
4. Cool in the refrigerator. Add this compote to ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, you get the idea :)