Christmas Compote

    30 minutes

    I enjoy experimenting and trying out new dishes. This is one enjoyed again and again, and which can be adapted for any season. The best thing about it is that you can improvise and add or take away different things according to your taste. You won't believe how very easy this dish can be. Not much preparation, can be prepared a couple of days ahead and refrigerated.

    Tasmania, Australia
    2 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • Your chosen quantity and type of dried fruits - about 3 cups e.g figs, apricots, dates, sultanas, pears, apple, peaches, prunes, etc.
    • 1 cup of sliced orange (including the skin)
    • half a cup of sliced lemon (including the skin)
    • 2 bananas thinly sliced
    • 1 red skinned-apple, unpeeled and finely chopped.
    • 1 pear, finely chopped
    • brown sugar to taste, if needed
    • 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger and cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick) and any other spice you like. (Add more if you like)
    • 3 cups orange juice or any other juice you might prefer - enough to cover the solid ingredients.
    • 1 small tin crushed pineapple
    • 1 cup port (optional)
    • cream and/or icecream to serve

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Firstly take a large casserole and place the dried fruit inside, cutting the larger pieces to the size you would like.
    2. Then chop the fresh fruits and add to the casserole.
    3. At this stage add the orange juice, so that the apples and bananas do not go brown.
    4. Add sugar (if needed) and spices.
    5. Stir well, and place in a microwave oven, on HIGH, for 15 mins, stirring every 5 mins. If you think the fruit is not soft enough, cook for longer, as microwaves vary in heat strength.
    6. When cooked to your satisfaction, serve straight away, or place in refrigerator to eat cold later. It is delicious, either way.

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