Sunday, 10 October 2010

strawberry grapefruit thyme compote

strawberries, grapefruit and thyme - bought on a whim at the market because they were so cheap!
Who knew making compote was so ridiculously easy? Certainly not me, until recently when I discovered how little time and effort it took, and actually gave it a go myself. The following is the recipe for a strawberry, grapefruit and thyme compote, because those were the ingredients I happened to have sitting around, but feel free to create your own special concoction!

Recipe:

250g strawberries, hulled and halved (I quartered the massive ones)
segments of one small grapefruit (remove pith before using, as they can be quite bitter - I removed the membranes as well)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon mead (optional)
a few sprigs fresh thyme

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. That's pretty much it!

The scent of strawberries and thyme when I made this was intoxicating. I was happy with the end result too - the sweetness of the strawberries was wonderful, as was the perfume from the thyme, and there was just a hint of tartness from the grapefruit.

You can serve this warm or cool, with crepes, pancakes, toast, muesli, yoghurt, waffles, ice cream and more. I stored my strawberry compote in a jar in the fridge and for the next few days I gave it a good workout - I first had it on French toast for breakfast, and on subsequent days paired it with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Yum!

my strawberry grapefruit thyme compote

6 comments:

  1. Yum yum... makes me feel all so summery.

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  2. It's all gone now. So good with ice cream... I'm definitely making more! :D

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  3. I love compote precisely for its easiness. And of course, its deliciousness.
    The flavor combination of yours sounds great!

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  4. oh yay so simple, definitely a bookmark =), making that on sunday LOL

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  5. Yay I hope it turns out well for you! :)

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  6. Looks delicious! I reckon even I could make that!

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