Happy Friday, everyone! I know that you are all pretty busy on this Friday afternoon, so I will try to keep this fairly short. I will try to make the picture to word ratio higher. 😉 Today has been busy for me, and being behind on my creativity in the kitchen I just rolled out a quick recipe using some fruit that either had to be cooked, or tossed soon. I hate to waste food, so I decided to throw together a quick recipe that you will have time to make any night of the week!
I wanted to make a compote of some sort, but didn’t want it to just be strawberries. (I still had a few stragglers left over from making muffins yesterday.) After checking the fruit drawer in the fridge I noticed that a few of the apples were soft, and I don’t know about you, but I hate biting into a soft apple. Apples are pretty hit and miss right now thanks to the fact that most of the apples we are getting are frozen and shipped out of warehouses from last season. We always had great apples growing up in Washington, but living in other states I’ve noticed that even though we are still getting Washington apples their quality isn’t as good. Anyway, that was a great deciding factor for my compote duo.
This compote is only 40 calories per serving, refined sugar free, and super bright tasting. It can be used to top your favorite cake, bread, or baked good. I decided to put some over a little bit of vanilla frozen yogurt and it was an absolute smash hit! It actually reminds me of a crustless pie. All the goodies, without the crust.
I have to admit that this recipe is about as uncomplicated as you can get. It tastes like it took a lot of work, but it doesn’t. I actually put it on the stove to simmer while I was doing dishes, and I stirred it a couple of times, whenever I could smell the strawberries, and crushed the berries and apples together each time. Don’t knock the black pepper, it is just for a savory undertone. And make sure that you don’t add the Stevia until after the pan comes off the heat so that the compote doesn’t get bitter. It doesn’t need much sweetener, but it needs just enough to take the edge off. It doesn’t matter how you serve it, impress yourself, impress some guests, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What is your favorite compote?
What do you serve your compote over the top of?
Strawberry Apple Compote
By Angie Gouchenour
2 small apples (I used gala) approx. 1 ½ cups chopped
1 cup strawberries sliced
2 teaspoons lime juice (I’m sure you could use lemon instead)
Dash of black pepper (Don’t knock it 😉 )
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring, or extract
2 teaspoons Sugar 2.0 (Optional depending on how sweet you like your compote)
Dump chopped apples, strawberries, lime juice, and pepper in a small pan
Simmer over medium low heat stirring occasionally and mashing the fruit every once in a while
Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes
Remove from heat
Stir in the vanilla and Sugar 2.0
Serve warm, or refrigerate in a sealed container
1 serving 40 calories