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Dec 20, 2007 06:46 PM

Looking for dried fruit compote recipes...

I'm planning a New Year's Eve dinner for 6 people. For some reason, I am fixated on using dried fruit, particularly dried apricot and thought I would make a compote and garnish it with toasted almonds and creme fraiche or goat cheese. But I'd thought I'd see if any of you Chowhounders have dried fruit compost experience/ideas...

Thanks in advance.....

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  1. I made this recipe several times:

    It's a bit too sweet for me, though, so I also add some fresh lemon juice when serve it.

    1. I've made this one for many brunches, and serve with Greek yogurt and always get raves.
      It's from a slow cooker cookbook (circa 1970s) but I am sure it would be fine
      on a stovetop, perhaps it will cook in less time:

      1 - 11 oz. pkg of dried mixed fruit (*I just used a mixture of apricots & prunes*)
      2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/2 inch thick rings
      1/3 cup raisins, golden preferred (*I used dried cranberries instead*)
      2 lemon slices
      1/4 c. orange juice
      1/4 c. sugar
      1 stick cinnamon
      2 cups water

      Combine and cook on low in slow cooker for 2 - 3 hours, serve warm or chilled.

      1. When I was a child, my mother would make this as a special way to nudge us out of bed on unusually cold mornings:
        1 pkg prunes
        1 pkg dried apricots
        Put them in a bean pot, cover with plenty of water, cover tightly. Place in a low oven at bedtime & cook overnight. In the morning the kitchen smelled like heaven! We ate them with oatmeal. The fruit becomes melt in your mouth tender & the liquid turns to syrup consistency. This is so simple & adapts well for finishing a meal.

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        1. re: meatn3

          This sounds so wonderful. Did she (or you) have other good uses for the bean pot? (I just saw one and was tempted.)

          1. re: karykat

            She never used it for anything else (my father only likes canned kidney beans).
            I have one and use it a bit in the winter. Purchased it since it was so beautiful, took a while to get used to using it. Holds the heat beautifully & easy to clean. Looks stunning steaming with homey goodness at meal times.

        2. Thanks, all for your suggestions...I'm looking forward to integrating them into my compote experiment...

          Happy Holidays!

          1. I haven't tried this recipe but am a big fan of Delia's Smith and her site is loaded with English fruit puddings like this one:
            While you might prefer one of the generously provided reader-recipes, I would still look at her site, she gives a lot of guidance on the cooking aspect of the compote as well.