Oh the weather outside is frightful... Truly, it was -37 F yesterday! Cold, snowy weather outside makes warm food inside particularly nice, though, and I've been looking for an excuse to make a warm, spicy dessert. Hot fruit compote just says "winter" to me: warm, full of cinnamon and cloves, not too sweet but still dessert... and such a delightful aroma!
Little Bear was VERY interested in my steaming bowl this evening, and we only narrowly avoided having it upset all over us (a trick he pulled a few days ago with a dish of tapioca). He is five months old now--how time flies! Soon he will be actually trying solid food instead of just staring at it as hard as he can. It really looks, at times, like he is trying to will the spoon to his mouth instead of mine. :-)
It's been quite a while since I posted a recipe, hasn't it? The fruit compote this evening was so easy and so delicious... give it a try!
Hot Fruit Compote
1 cup fresh, canned or frozen fruit per person (I used frozen peaches, strawberries, apricots, and mango)
1/4 cup water or fruit juice per person
cinnamon and cloves to taste
Combine all ingredients in a covered saucepan. Bring to a bare boil, then simmer uncovered until fruit is quite soft and the liquid has reduced by at least 25%.
Some people (like me) say that the longer you cook it the better it is, while others (like Matt) prefer a little structural integrity left in the individual pieces of fruit. Just let the fruit stew until it is as soft as you like.