Winter Warming: Apricot, Prune & Orange Compote

 

I have been cringing and waiting for the cold weather to hit our part of the world. I hate the cold and winter! We always have a bout of cold weather at least by May in South East Queensland but for some reason, the last month of Autumn has been spectacular. We've had unseasonably warm temperatures well above the normal average for most of the month, and it made me very very happy. I'd say winter is well on its way now as this past weekend has been freezing with a bitter wind that goes straight through you. It makes my nose screw up, and I have to clench my teeth together to stop the chattering.



I mentioned in my 18-week pregnancy update that I have been I trying to eat healthier after the first few months of carb loading while trying to stay on top of morning sickness. Unfortunately, in winter time, I struggle to eat the good stuff because all I want is the bad stuff. Like all the warming desserts and puddings and comfort food things? Argh, it's my downfall in winter, and the pants feel that love.





So when I want something sweet I try to aim for the better things. Like a bit of muesli sprinkled with pieces of chopped fruit or in this case this deliciously comforting and warm Apricot & Prune & Orange Compote for when you want something a little bit more fancy. It's a delicious blend of juicy plump prunes (yeah I know not everyone's favourite but bear with  me) tart apricots with wonderful citrus notes of orange zest, hints of clove and cinnamon and for that little bit of something special RUM! Now that's optional depending on what you are going to use it on.




It's a great compote to have in the fridge for when you want something to drizzle or spoon over your porridge, pancakes or pudding. Don't stop there why not scoop some over a piece of sourdough bread with a dollop of yoghurt. What a perfect winter breakfast. Serve it warm or chilled depending on your mood and the weather!



Apricot, Prune & Orange Compote

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup dried apricot halves, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup prunes, firmly packed
  • 3 x 5cm strips of orange zest
  • 2 x medium oranges, juiced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar (*Or sugar alternative)
  • 1 clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon rum optional
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan add the apricots, prunes, orange zest, orange juice, water, clove, cinnamon and rum.
  2. Place the pan over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, without a lid on, and let it simmer slowly for 25-30 minutes or until the fruit is soft and tender.
  3. If you are losing too much liquid add a little more water and pop the lid on until the fruit is tender.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir through.
  5. Serve immediately onto pancakes, porridge or rice pudding.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
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