Simple Compote

Compote is a traditional dessert comprised of stewed fruits (fresh or dried) in a sweet syrup with added spices. Compotes are usually served chilled and like this recipe, they are quite simple to prepare.


  • 1 cup dried apricots, pitted
  • 1 cup dried prunes or plums, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 strip of lemon rind or 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice (also works well with cinnamon)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Chopped pecans or nuts of choice for garnish (optional)


In a medium saucepan, add all dried fruits (except lemon rind) and stir to combine. Add enough water to just cover the fruits. Bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 13-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cloves, lemon rind, sugar, allspice and salt. Stir and add a little water if mixture seems too dry.

Reduce heat to simmer and simmer uncovered, for 10 to 13 minutes or until fruit becomes soft and you have a syrup. Remove cloves and lemon rind.

Chill compote for at least 2-3 hours. Serve chilled and garnish with chopped nuts.