Strawberry Compote..

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A lucky trip to the supermarket resulted in me getting 2 boxes of expensive ‘Taste the Difference’ Strawberries at the knock-down price of 89p each – yeeeoo, result!

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With our new love of the Greek yoghurt Granola bowl –  here’s the recipe for that – –

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We’ve been using a lot of fruit with our breakfasts, but obviously not 2 whole boxes of strawberries in one/two sittings, so I made those bargain strawberries into a Compote which will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Here’s the recipe; and no, you’re right, it’s not going to last 2 weeks..


  • A saucepan to hold all the strawberries
  • a Wooden spoon
  • A sterilised jam pot or two, depending on size, number of strawbs etc..

INGREDIENTS:                                                           Strawberry Comport (2)

  • Strawberries, as many as you like.
  • Optional: Vanilla extract, Sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice


  • Briefly rinse the strawberries under some water, shake dry.
  • Hull, and cut the largest ones into halves or quarters – I like to keep as much whole strawberries as possible.
  • Put the berries into the saucepan – with nothing more than the water that was left over on them after washing – and cook on a gentle/low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until they are fully cooked (stab with the tip of a sharp knife)

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  • Give a really good squeeze of lemon juice – See NOTES 1
  • Transfer to jam pots. Cover and cool.
  • Taste when it’s fully cold – you will realise then if you need to add sugar/vanilla extract/more lemon juice.
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Oops, forgot to warn you about the wooden spoon!

  • Keep this compote sealed and in the fridge.

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  • Add a dollop – you actually need surprisingly little to raise your Granola/Yoghurt game to stratospheric levels – to whatever you fancy.


  1. The fresh lemon juice isn’t there to make this compote bitter, it acts as a flavour enhancer, so definitely give it a go, it really changes the flavour – in a good way!
  2. Keeping the addition of sugar etc until the compote is cold is well worthwhile – tasting the hot compote is actually not that pleasant, and you’ll get a much more realistic impression of the true flavour when it’s cold.
  3. This compote is perfect as an accompaniment to any dessert – a spoonful beside a slice of cake, a splash over meringue.. I’m sure you’ll have no problem thinking up more uses!

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