One of the things I make that people seem to love is a fruit compote and the good news is that it is really easy to do so, for all the people who ask for the recipe (though it is more of a technique really), here we go:
- Start with a firm fruit typically pears or apples - I like Cortland. Peel, core and cut into bite size chunks.
- Put fruit into a microwaveable container with about a 1/4 inch of water plus brown sugar, cinnamon and ground ginger. For 3 medium apples I would probably use 4 tbsp, 1/2 tsp and a 1/4 tsp respectively. Stir together and microwave on high for two minutes.
- Add a soft fruit - about a half cup if using 3 apples. Blackberries work really well but I also like plums or blueberries or whatever is in season. (In the winter you can use dried apricots or frozen fruit.) Stir and microwave 3 minutes. Test with the tip of a knife to see of firm fruit is now tender, if not microwave another 2 minutes but don't overcook otherwise you will end up with a puree.
- Stir one last time. Leave to cool and then refrigerate overnight which makes all the difference. Serve on its own, with yogourt or on cereal.