This rich, dried fruit compote is inspired by a recipe from Delia Smith’s Christmas. Dried fruit compote is a really traditional dish that is very simple to make and brings all the flavours associated with the holiday season.
Over at Belleau Kitchen, dear Dom has challenged us with his usual Random Recipe teaser. However, in my haste, I misread the challenge and instead of choosing a recipe from a cookbook that I received as a gift last Christmas, I thought we were to choose a ‘Christmas Cookbook’. Doh!
I don’t have too many Christmas cookbooks, just a couple of Delia’s and the Home and Freezer books that I blogged about last week.
The original Delia Smith’s Christmas was the one that came to the top of the pile and I opened it randomly and was delighted to find myself looking at ‘Christmas Dried Fruit Compote’
When I went to my larder, inevitably, I didn’t have everything I needed for the recipe, so substituted some different dried fruits.
No figs and no prunes, I could have sworn I had some prunes but must have used them in the instant mincemeat.
My recipe contains Medjool dates, dried apricots, and dried cranberries. I use clementine oranges and Amaretto liquer to bring that aromatic Christmas flavour.
The original recipe calls for a liberal dose of Port, well my husband can’t drink Port, it gives him migraines. So I use a couple of tablespoons of Amaretto, one of my favourite liqueurs.
In the book Delia suggests that the fruit compote is served with flaked almonds, well I didn’t have any of those either, so for this, by now VERY, Random Recipe, I used some nice green pistachio nuts to add to the festive colours.
The compote is best if you leave it overnight. Serve it with ice cream, cream or Greek yogurt or simple eat it on its own.
I put up the Christmas tree today, it lives in the kitchen between the cook books and the stove. And it is decorated with an eclectic mixture of totally uncoordinated baubles and pretty things I have been collecting since 1980/
When we bought our first flat, a friend bought the coloured lights and some decorations as a flat warming gift
I used the tree and lights as a background behind the first photo of the Dried Fruit Compote. In the spirit of the Random Recipe challenge, here is a Random Christmas decoration from my tree.
Christmas Dried Fruit Compote
- 100 g dried apricots
- 100 g Medjool dates
- 100 g dried cranberries
- 3 clementines
- 250 ml water
- 250 ml Amaretto liqueur
- 50 g pistachio nuts shelled and chopped
- Wash the clementines thoroughly. Take one of the clementines and slice it very thinly, then cut the slices in half.
- Put the sliced clementine, dried apricots, dates. and cranberries into a pan with the water
- Put a lid on the pan and simmer the dried fruit with the water for 15 minutes.
- When the fruit is cooked, add the juice of the two clementines and the Amaretto.
- Leave to cool and out the compote into a lidded container and place in the fridge overnight.
- Serve topped with chopped pistachio nuts.