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Winter Fruit Compote Recipe

Winter Fruit Compote Recipe

A while ago I shared with you a Plum Brule recipe given to me by my Scottish-born and raised friend, Judith Asphar, a wonderful cook. The Brule is such a divine recipe that I tried to make it recently for a holiday dessert, but not surprisingly, given that it is winter, I was unable to find plump, ripe, organic plums. My heart set on making something similar, I called her and asked what she suggested as a winter substitute. “Oh, Duckie, just use dried fruit instead! When they are roasted in organic orange juice the result is equally as good tasting as roasted plums.”

Obediently, I went off to the health food store and made the dish—a winter fruit compote—with apricots, figs, prunes, cranberries and mangos.

Here is Judith’s recipe for Winter Fruit Compote—with her words of cooking wisdom included in the directions. Note that you ca substitute dried fruit of your choice ( I noticed that Alice Waters has a recipe for a lovely winter compote using dried golden raisins, Zante currants, cherries, apricots and apples instead).

INGREDIENTS
4 cups or more of organic dried fruit. Suggestions include a combination of prunes, apricots, figs, cranberries and mangos.
1 organic tangerine per 4 cups of organic dried fruit
At least 2 cups organic orange juice

Combine the dried fruit in a large and heavy roasting pan with a cover, such as a Le Creuset casserole dish. Quarter the tangerine and stir in, peels and all. Stir in the organic orange juice, and cover. Place in a slow oven—between 300F and 350F—and roast slowly for two to three hours, stirring in more orange juice as the liquid is absorbed by the fruit and evaporates (check every 20 minutes or so). Serve with a shortbread biscuit, cookies, dessert bread, or whatever appeals, and top with organic whip cream. (Grand Marnier tastes great with this compote if added to the cream).

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:49PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Sounds incredibly delicious.

4:46AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thanks.

7:59AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

yum

8:29AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

A spoonful of that would go very nicely in your oatmeal or porridge.

8:30AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

thanks

4:40AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

It's good for the sweet-tooth

8:41PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

thanks

1:08PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

thanks for sharing)

4:19PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:30AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Thanks for posting.

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