Winter Fruit Compote

(originally made 2/9/2007)

I admit it, I screwed this recipe up LOL I had to make some substitutions, and then completely missed a step in the directions. But you know what, it's still DELICIOUS!

Thanks so much Holly for this wonderful recipe, it will be enjoyed often here at the Martinelli household!



1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (subbed 1t vanilla extract)
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime or lemon juice (used lime)
1 tablespoon butter (omitted)
1 golden Delicious or other sweet, firm apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I left peel on)
1 kiwi, sliced in 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup cubed, fresh pineapple (used canned)
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Combine sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into the pan, then add the shell of the bean. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil over high heat for one minute. Cool the syrup completely. (Since I had no vanilla bean, I added vanilla extract after the boil, removing it from the heat and stirring it in.)

Transfer the cooled syrup into a bowl and discard vanilla bean shell. Stir in lemon or lime juice. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour or overnight.

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add apple pieces and saute for about 2 minutes or until slightly soft. (I had debated sauteeing the apples in ICBINB or cooking spray. Completely forgot and just tossed them in syrup.)

Add sauteed apples, plus kiwi, dried cranberries and pineapple to syrup and stir gently to coat all the fruit. Serves 4.

Source: Holly, TOH


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