How to Make Cherry Compote (& how to use it!)

How to Make Cherry Compote

During cherry season, one of my favorite things to make with cherries is a compote – it’s so simple to make, and you can do so many things with it! We like to put cherry compote on top of ice cream, plain yogurt, pancakes, toast, and even brownies!

Here’s how easy it is to make a cherry compote:

*What you need

You’ll need 3 cups of pitted cherries (HERE is an easy trick to get those done quickly!), the juice of one orange, a teaspoon or so of cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of water. If your cherries aren’t sweet, or if you’re using another fruit that needs sweetened, you may want to sprinkle in some sugar or sweetener of your choice as well. I’ve never added sugar to my cherry compote, and it’s always been plenty sweet!

Combine these ingredients in a covered saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat on medium-high to bring it to a simmer. Your house will smell SO SO GOOD.

How to Make Cherry Compote
Combine pitted cherries, orange juice, cinnamon, and water.

*How long to cook it

This is a quick cook — when your cherry compote mixture comes to strong simmer, turn the heat down to a low simmer and leave covered and simmering for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and remove the lid.

You’ll let your cherry compote sit and cool off — don’t worry if it seems thin, because it will thicken as it cools!

How to Make Cherry Compote
Bring to a simmer, turn heat down, and low simmer for 5 minutes.

*Blend the compote

When your cherry compote is cool enough, take a stick mixer  if you have one (if not, use your blender), and blend it until smooth.

How to Make Cherry Compote
Blend the cherry compote with a stick mixer or blender.

Yum!! Enjoy!

How to Make Cherry Compote

A great way to use cherry compote is to put it on plain Greek yogurt — you’re sweetening it with fresh fruit, but without all the sugar that the store-bought ones have in them! Delicious!
How to Make Cherry Compote

Cherry compote on pancakes tastes so fresh!

How to Make Cherry Compote
Cherry compote on pancakes!

I can also testify that cherry compote on brownies tastes De.Li.Cious! 😉 Berries & chocolate….wow! Such an easy way to “fancy-up” a simple dessert if you are entertaining company!

How to Make Cherry Compote

 

RECIPE FOR CHERRY COMPOTE

3 cups pitted cherries

the juice of one orange

cinnamon

1/3 cup water

Combine these ingredients in a covered saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat on medium-high to bring it to a simmer.  When your cherry compote mixture comes to strong simmer, turn the heat down to a low simmer and leave covered and simmering for about 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and remove the lid. When the mixture has cooled enough, blend it smooth with a stick mixer or blender. Enjoy!

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