This compote is a great recipe for using up strawberries that are in danger of going bad, or for when you have a surplus from a days fruit picking. Anytime I see reduced punnets of strawberries in the supermarket I get one to make up some compote, as it doesn’t matter if the strawberries are a bit soft as they will be heated anyway, accompanied by some sharp lemon and a bit of sugar.
This compote is so tasty I can just eat it with a spoon…but you can pair it with vanilla ice cream, waffles, fresh yoghurt and granola, pancakes, meringues and fresh strawberries with cream…..the list goes on!
It often baffles me that strawberry compote with yoghurt and granola is expensive to buy from supermarkets, where you usually don’t get the fruit to yoghurt ratio that you prefer and it is served with a bit of slightly soggy granola. Ewww. It is so easy (and much cheaper) to make up your own, and much much tastier.
I tend to leave the pieces of strawberry in, as I love whole pieces of fruit in my yoghurt, but you can always sieve them out to create a smooth strawberry syrup (which goes very nicely in cocktails…)
The below recipe is a guide of how I like to make my compote, but if you add the lemon and sugar slowly and keep tasting as you go, you can make yours as sharp or as sweet as you like. If you want it a little thinner, just add a splash of water when the heat is low and stir until you reach your preferred consistency.
If it lasts past a few hours without being eaten, this should be fine for few days covered with clingfilm in the fridge – if you know it won’t get eaten soon it can be frozen as well.
A few people have asked where my little red dish is from, its a Le Creuset number, in the colour cerise, I love collecting colourful kitchenware!
- 200g of fresh Strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
- 1 Heaped tablespoon of Caster Sugar
- Wash the strawberries, remove the stalks and cut into halves.
- Place a large saucepan on the hob, add the strawberries and sugar and gently heat.
- Add lemon juice, taste and add more as required.
- Bring slowly to a simmer, turn down the heat and stir.
- Keep on a low heat for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally and then transfer to a bowl (Sieving out the strawberries if desired) and leave to cool.