Friday, May 13, 2011

Rhubarb Strawberry Compote

I always kind of assumed that making a compote would be tricky and laborious.  Turns out it is super simple.  It involves cutting fruit into 1” pieces, adding a little sugar, and simmering everything for 30 minutes.  Pretty much like making oatmeal, but with chopped fruit instead of oats.
Rhubarb & strawberries are both excellent spring fruits that go perfectly together, so that’s what I used in my first compote.
rhubarb and strawberries sq
It tastes a lot like those expensive all-natural all-fruit jams… but better because it tastes less like sugar and more like fruit.  And it is much less expensive, too, which I am known to appreciate.
compote 2
So far I’ve enjoyed this compote over French toast at our May brunch, and then also with yogurt and granola.
strawberries and rhubarb

Rhubarb Strawberry Compote

  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1 lb strawberries, quartered.  About 3 cups.
  • 1/2 c. vanilla sugar (regular sugar would work just fine here)
  • 1/4 c. water
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan on medium-high heat.  Stir regularly for the first few minutes to ensure the sugar dissolves into the water and the fruit gets coated in the hot liquid.  The goal is for the fruit to release its own liquids to simmer in; the 1/4 c. water is added to help things get started without any burning.
Once things are getting mushy looking, turn the heat down to medium (for a low simmer) and let it go for 30 minutes.  The final compote will be thick and fruity with a few pieces of fruit here and there.  Spoon into jars, let cool, and then store in the fridge for a week or the freezer for as long as you dare.


  1. This looks so beautiful! We can't get rhubarb here, it's illegal to grow it because it's poisonous to goats, how hilarious is that! There's an award for you at my blog if you want to pick it up! :D

  2. Looks beautiful!! I'm serious lover of this food item!! Forget food I really impressed by the amazing pictures you allocated here. Thanks


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