This Sunday is Mother’s Day and what could be better than a special, healthy treat of fresh berries to show your appreciation. This quick mixed berry summer compote will be delicious on pancakes, yogurt or ice cream. Best of all, the kids can help you make it!
These berries take only 3-5 minutes on the stove so you’ve got yourself a gift for Mom in 10 minutes flat. Best of all, you can make your own custom version according to your tastes. I added a little Amaretto to mine and next time I will add some Grand Marnier and orange zest. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
You can use fresh or frozen berries. I can’t even begin to tell you how good this was!
Now I’m guessing you’re thinking that’s yogurt in the picture but I decided to treat myself and have some ice cream. Who knew it was so hard to photograph? I had thought that once I put the warm compote on the berries and rushed it to the table to shoot, I’d get at least 10 pics before it started to melt – ummm … not even one! I decided in the end that it looked delicious anyway so I went with it, ha!
The fresh mint was a nice touch and you can try others – basil or lavender would be fabulous. Tossing the cinnamon sticks in there added an extra depth of flavour as well. This would be a nice opportunity to let your kids learn a little about experimenting with ingredients. Let them be the mad scientists and watch their faces when they see what they’ve created!
This will last a couple days in the fridge and if you make a double batch, it makes a great hostess gift for all those backyard grill parties coming up.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working Mom’s out there!
- 1 pound of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries)
- 1.5 tablespoons of raw honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh mint
- [b]Other Flavor Options to Consider:[/b]
- Orange juice or zest
- Lemon juice or zest
- fresh basil or rosemary
- Grand Marnier liqueur
- Hull and cut the larger strawberries, if using.
- IMPORTANT: If using all fresh berries, add 2 tablespoons of water. If using frozen, no need for water.
- Put all berries and ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. As soon as it’s boiling, turn down to a gentle simmer and let cook for 3-5 minutes. If you want the berries to retain their shape like those in the pictures, 3 minutes is all that’s needed.
- Spoon over pancakes, yogurt or ice cream and garnish with some additional small mint leaves.