There are few things more delicious than a ripe blueberry bursting with sweetness and flavor. While they are lovely eaten on their own, blueberries also make an excellent addition to various dishes, from pies and cobblers to pancakes and yogurt. One of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberries is in a compote. A blueberry compote is a simple fruit preserve made by cooking blueberries down with sugar and a bit of water. The result is a thick, syrupy sauce that is perfect for spooning over ice cream or yogurt or serving alongside pound cake or shortbread. Best of all, blueberry compotes are easy to make at home and can be enjoyed all year long. So the next time you find yourself with a bounty of fresh blueberries, be sure to give this delicious recipe a try.
What is blueberry compote?
Blueberry compote is a type of fruit spread or jam made with blueberries. The berries are cooked down with sugar and water to create a thick, syrup-like consistency. You can use Simple Blueberry Compote topping for pancakes, waffles, yogurt, ice cream, and other desserts. It can also be mixed into oatmeal or used as a filling for pies and pastries.
How to make a Simple Blueberry Compote
Making a Simple Blueberry Compote is a delicious and easy way to enjoy the taste of summer all year long. Combine equal parts of blueberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat to make a basic compote. Stir the mixture gently as it comes to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. The berries will release their juices, and the sugar will dissolve, creating a thick, syrupy mixture. Add a splash of lemon juice or vanilla extract for a more complex flavor. Once the compote is cooked down, spoon it over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream. Or use it as a filling for pies or pastries. However you enjoy it, this sweet and versatile treat is sure to please.
Ingredients for blueberry compote:
- Wild Blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Maple syrup (or honey)
- Vanilla extract
Blueberry Health Benefits
While all wild berries are incredibly nutrient dense and beneficial, wild blueberries are the number one powerhouse food. With immense healing properties, wild blueberries are known to improve cognitive function, fight cancer cells, lower cholesterol levels, and protect the cardiovascular system.
When it comes to antioxidants, wild blueberries contain more than any other fruit or vegetable. In fact, wild blueberries have been shown to have twice the antioxidant capacity of cultivated blueberries. The high antioxidant content helps to neutralize free radicals in the body, which are damaging molecules that can lead to inflammation and disease.
The unique combination of nutrients in wild blueberries makes them an incredibly powerful food. If you’re looking to improve your health, add wild blueberries to your diet today. Your body will thank you!
Tips On How To Zest
- First things first, before you begin to zest any citrus fruit, wash your fruit and make sure to remove any protective wax from the fruit, so all you add to your food is a bright, zesty flavor! This extra little step makes a big difference!
- There are a few different ways that you could zest using various tools. However, one tool that I have found to work very well is a Lemon Zester. By using a Lemon Zester, you have control over your depth, length of peel, and are less likely to capture the undesirable bitter pith.
Don’t go too far
- No matter what technique you use, don’t dig in too deep to the bitter pith or the juicy fruit. Use a light touch, and make sure you rotate the fruit, so you don’t over grate.
This blueberry compote recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
- 2 Cups - Organic Frozen Or Fresh Blueberries
- 2 Strips - Orange Zest, Organic
- 1/2 Tsp. - Fresh Organic Orange Juice
- 2 Strips - Lemon Zest, Organic
- 1 Tbl. - Fresh Organic Lemon Juice
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 Cup - Water
- Using a 1-quart heavy saucepan, boil water, Maple syrup, lemon zest, and orange zest uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Next, remove the zest and stir in your organic blueberries and simmer, and occasionally stirring until blueberries begin to burst around 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in organic lemon juice. If perchance your compote is too thick for your liking, simply add a tade more water and whisk.
- * Drizzle and serve your finished organic, blueberry compote.
- This recipe is for immediate use served while hot.
- When zesting your lemon and orange, avoid as much of the bitter pith as possible.
- You can also make your blueberry compote ahead, this would also allow your compote to develop a thicker consistency and intense the flavor.
- To make ahead of time, store in an airtight plastic container or glass jar and refrigerate.
- With the citric acid content, your blueberry compote should last up to two weeks stored correctly in the refrigerator.
- Could adequately be canned as well, or appropriately stored in the refrigerator for later.
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