Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RECIPE: Cranberry Apple Compote

Cranberries are one of the Ontario-grown fruits that I don't think are all that well utilized. Sure, they get a lot of press at Thanksgiving and Christmas but we seem to forget about them for the most part over the rest of the winter when we could certainly use an injection of the colour and pleasant tartness they provide.

This winter I'm particularly motivated to incorporate them into our menus as my hubby went and bought half a dozen packages of organic, Canadian-produced cranberries when they were on sale right before Christmas.

This cranberry apple compote is really easy to whip up and it's plenty versatile. It makes a great topping for waffles or pancakes or plain baked oatmeal. You could also layer it with granola and yogurt to make breakfast parfaits, or serve it over vanilla ice cream for dessert (for an adults-only indulgence, add a shot or two of rum at the very end of cooking time). My kids are actually quite happy to polish off a bowlful of this straight up without any embellishment whatsoever :) 

2 tbsp butter
3 medium apples, chopped
2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup apple cider (or sub apple juice or water)
1 tsp cornstarch

  • In a medium frying pan, sauté the apples in butter for a couple of minutes until they start to soften.
  • Add the cranberries, honey and sugar and cook for a few more minutes over medium heat until cranberries start to pop.
  • Mix cornstarch with cider and add to cranberry mixture. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.
Do you have a favourite way to cook with cranberries?
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  1. I've been using cranberries in my green smoothies - just a few to give it that extra vitamin c kick! So yummy!

    1. Not to mention that tart zinginess! I bet that is good - I should try adding some to smoothies, too :)


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