Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Berry Compote - aka Relish aka Sauce

Perhaps your freezer is like mine?  Full of interesting 'stuff' that takes me by surprise every time I scrabble around in its icy depths. Well, I sort of knew there were various types of frozen berries hidden in the backblocks, and I kept meaning to do something with them all. This morning I got up horribly early (why brain, why?), so once Mr P. was out of bed, I grabbed them and began to make this saucy little mixture for our breakfasts.

I prefer this to be not very sweet, and I like it a little spicy, so I added a couple of spices and a wee bit of caramelised balsamic vinegar to give it tang.  Mr P. put it on his morning cereal and yoghurt straightaway, telling me that the taste was "mediaeval".  I asked what that meant?  Perhaps he meant the spices? :=)  He wasn't sure! 

love those sunny stripes across the cloth

Recipe by Sherry's Pickings:


300g. frozen berries of your choice - I used cherries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries

a (big) splash of whiskey (optional)

2 tbs maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tbs caster sugar

1 tsp caramelised strawberry balsamic vinegar

1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

a couple of grinds of black pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger 


Put everything into a medium saucepan

Stir and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes till slightly thickened - keep an eye it and give it a stir every so often

Cool then store in the fridge

Will last for a week or more in a sealed jar in the fridge


I really love cherries so I used more of those than the other fruits

Use a good Italian red wine vinegar or perhaps a Sherry vinegar if you don't have a fruity one

Leave out the whiskey if you are worried about the gluten. Apparently, there are arguments both ways saying that distilled liquor is either gluten-free or not!  Take your pick!

a real mix of berries here

cooking down the compote 

sunny stripes across the pot 

spooning into the jar

gloopy and luscious

looks like jewels

delish on your breakfast yoghurt

my fruity compote doodle


  1. I like that this isn't overly sweet Sherry. I like some sweetness but not an overwhelming amount! :D

    1. me too lorraine. Hubby said it tasted medieval!

  2. Oooh, what scrumptious fruit compote. I can almost taste it, topping a bowl of ice cream or perhaps filling a dessert crepe as well as being a tasty partner to healthy breakfast yogurt and cereal. The whisky is an inspired touch.

    1. Thanks muchly Seattle Dee! It tasted pretty good. yep hubby has had it on cereal, and on ice cream.

  3. Mr P can recommend this compote. it is superb on cereal, yogurt, ice cream, crumpet, toast and it goes on. Really tasty and not overly sweet - a great balance!

  4. Beautiful! I love the sound of that vinegar! The best thing I ever did was to get a label printer and I now label all of my various sauce/chutneys/pestos and more. I always think I'll be able to identify what's in the jars, but I can't!!!

    1. hi mimi
      perhaps your comment was meant for my In My Kitchen post?:) thanks for commenting. yes a label maker would be handy. so easy to forget what things are...

  5. Yep - that's exactly what my freezer is like. Magical things lurk in the depths. Nothing worse than when you know something is hiding but you can't find it. Versatile recipe.

    1. Somehow I think I will know what is in there without labels but I never do!:)


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