A few simple ingredients combined with fresh blueberries create a delicious and refreshing summer topping. Try Blueberry Compote on ice cream or gelato, crostini, on brie, even french toast!
My mom used to make a strawberry compote when we were kids to go with our crepes. She served them with sour cream as whipping cream was expensive. I make a mixed berry compote to serve my family with crepes and go by memory. All the compote recipes I make are a progression of my mom’s strawberry version.
How to make a Compote
The ingredients are simple and only a few needed. Fruit and sugar are the stars. Any kind of citrus and spices can be added to create your own variation. Fruit can be fresh, frozen, even dried.
Salt adds flavour so a little pinch goes a long way and I always add it to my cooked fruit desserts.
For this blueberry compote you do not need to add extra water as the berries will cook down enough to release their juices ensuring the compote is saucy. Extra water will make the sauce runny. As it cools it will thicken therefore cornstarch or a thickener is also not needed in this recipe.
What to do with Compote
Now that you’ve made blueberry compote, what do you do with it? So many things!
Breakfast: On top of yogurt, on pancakes, in crepes, in smoothies, on french toast, or my favourite on top of oatmeal or cream of wheat.
Appetizer: We love to serve it on Blueberry Crostini with Thyme and Fresh Ricotta or on top of Baked Brie. It’s a nice addition on a charcuterie platter.
Dinner: Blueberries pair nicely with grilled pork, beef, turkey and duck. Turn it into a barbecue sauce and slather it on a burger.
Dessert: Delicious on ice cream, chia or vanilla pudding or use to make a milkshake. Try on pavlova, shortcake, on angel food cake, even cheese cake.
Fresh or Frozen?
Try both. In this recipe I prefer fresh but fresh are not always available. Or fresh that actually tastes good. When I make my mixed berry sauce I use frozen berries. Both work. Both are delicious.
Looking for more fun summer recipes, check these out.
- Crepes are in rotation here and the perfect vessel for stuffing compote inside or adding on top.
- Spring rhubarb shines in our Rhubarb Compote.
- Try making Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce to slather on your next burger.
What ways do you like to use compote?!
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon rind
- pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Store in sealed container in refrigerator until ready to use. Can be enjoyed warm or cooled.