Rhubarb and apple compote


There’s been a lot of publicity about Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb. I bought 400g in Waitrose and made a compote together with three Braeburn apples which were looking past their best.

I sliced the rhubarb into 3cm lengths and peeled, cored and sliced the apples.

Microwave on high for about 7 minutes. Stir and cook for a further minute or so.

I then added sugar and honey to taste.

Could be served warm with Birds Custard; but I cooled mine, stored it in the fridge, and served it for breakfast with Greek yogurt, granola and mixed seeds.

Summer fruit and apple compote


Now that Lidl have added strawberries to its mixed frozen soft fruit (although it does now contain cherries which is some form of compensation), I have discovered an alternative (and inexpensive source of good summer fruit at Sainsburys). Sainsburys is currently selling two 500g bags of ‘Summer Fruits‘ for £4. The ingredients are: “Raspberry (25%), Blackberry (25%), Blackcurrant (25%), Redcurrant (25%)” – so no strawberries there!

I made a fruit compote using a 500g bag of Summer Fruits and 5 small cox apples (pealed, cored and sliced):

Microwave the apples on ‘high’, with a tablespoon of water, for 4 minutes. Mix the cooked apples with the frozen fruit, and when defrosted, microwave on ‘high’ for 4 minutes. Stir and microwave on ‘high’ for a further 1.5  minutes. Leave to cool.

Can be stored in the fridge for at least a week. Excellent served with Greek yogurt and granola.

Fruit Compote – make it yourself it’s cheaper and better!


I find fruit compote, Greek style yogurt, some seeds and a sprinkling of Waitrose’s ‘Seriously nutty maple & mixed nut crisp’ makes a satisfying breakfast.

For a start, the Waitrose cereal is not the cheapest (nor the most expensive) of its kind, but it is of excellent quality; but what about the fruit compote? ‘Yeo Valley organic apple & berry fruit compote’ (450g) currently retails at Waitrose for £2.99.

My ideal fruit compote is made from: black/red currants, raspberries (and their relatives), blackberries and nothing else (except for the addition of a small amount of sugar). The frozen fruit sold by supermarkets is very suitable for making this.

Defrost it, add sugar to taste if liked, put it in a microwavable bowl with a lid, and microwave at 750Kw (about 7 minutes for the 750g below, stirring after about 5 minutes). This will probably keep in a fridge for about ten days, but is likely to be eaten well before then!

I’ve tried a lot of frozen fruit, but my favourite is Lidl’s ‘Green Grocers Fruits of the Forest’. It contains all the fruits listed above (and no strawberries, which so often feature in ‘value’ packs of frozen berries, and to my mind add nothing and only ruin the flavour of the compote) and at £2.29 for 750g represents very good value. The fruit is also good just defrosted – particularly the black/red currants.

OK, it’s not organic, but for very little effort I have a fruit compote, made with the ingredients I like, for about 46% of the cost of the Yeo Valley product (and it won’t have been thickened with maize starch enabling the Yeo Valley product to be ‘bulked-up’ with water (it’s top of the ingredient list).