Treat yourself to this delicious Mixed Berry Compote ... it's super easy to make, and it's bursting with fresh summer berries!
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It's that time of year. Every time I go shopping, I see huge displays of colorful, fresh berries. Yum!
There's nothing better than summer berries. They're so flavorful and sweet, and a bowl doesn't last long around here. As much as I love popping them straight into my mouth though, a delicious dessert is sure to take those berries to the next level.
If you're looking for a simple berry recipe, then you need to try a compote. This simple sauce was made for showcasing summer berries.
My Mixed Berry Compote is the perfect way to use your favorite berries! It's super delicious and so easy to make ... you're going to love it.
What is fruit compote?
Although it sounds kinda fancy, compote is simply whole fruit (or pieces of fruit) cooked in sugar syrup. There aren't a lot of complicated or weird ingredients—just fresh (or frozen) fruit, sugar, and a pinch of salt—and it's ready in minutes
One of the best things about this berry compote recipe is that it can be customized with different berries.
I used strawberries and blackberries, but it would be delicious with raspberries, blueberries, and other fresh berries, too. Choose your favorites!
This fresh fruit compote is perfect for breakfast or dessert. Serve it over pancakes, crepes, ice cream, pound cake, and more.
How to Make Mixed Berry Compote
This recipe only has four ingredients. Once you learn how easy it is to make this delightful fruit sauce, you'll want to make it all summer long ... probably with different berries every time!
Choose a heavy bottom pan and add a little water and brown sugar. Cook that just until the sugar dissolves (you are basically making a brown sugar simple sauce), then stir in the berries and a pinch of salt.
I used fresh strawberries and blackberries for this compote, but feel free to use your fave berries. Simply substitute the same amount. You could also use frozen berries if you want to make this recipe in winter.
Cook the berries just until they're tender and have released their juices. And that's it, your Mixed Berry Compote is done!
How to Serve Compote
You can serve this strawberry and blackberry compote warm or chilled. It's up to you.
I made the recipe ahead of time, chilled it, and then used it for an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. It was the perfect addition to the table and tasted so delish served over waffles and vanilla ice cream ... with a hefty topping of whipped cream, of course!
Here are some other ways to use compote:
- Serve over pancakes or waffles.
- Use as an oatmeal topping.
- Spread over toast or English muffins.
- Mix with or topping Greek yogurt.
- Toping a slice of cake.
- Spooned over a slice of cheesecake.
- Blended with milk or yogurt to make a smoothie.
- Used as a topping for crepes.
However you serve it, this Mixed Berry Compote is one recipe you'll enjoy all summer long!
If you are anything like me, you will gobble up this Berry Compote fast. But if you have any leftovers, you'll be happy to know that this fresh fruit sauce keeps well in the fridge. Simply store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator, and it should be good for about a week (the sugar acts as a preservative). You can also freeze it for two to three months to enjoy later.
If you enjoyed this easy sauce, try my Strawberry Compote or Blueberry Compote next, or perhaps one of these Strawberry Freezer Jam, Raspberry Freezer Jam, or Peach Freezer Jam recipes! You'll enjoy these ideas featuring fresh berries, too:
- Balsamic Cherry Sauce
- Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake
- Berry Cream Tarts
- Mixed Berry Mini Trifles
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Parfait
- Mini Fruit Pizza Cookies
- Raspberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Strawberry Pecan Ice Cream Cake
P.S. This Mixed Berry Compote is also a delicious addition to an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!
Mixed Berry Compote
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 pound strawberries, halved or quartered, depending on size
- 2 cups blackberries
- pinch salt
- Combine brown sugar with ¼ cup water in a medium heavy bottom pot.
- Heat over medium heat; cook until hot and sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently.
- Add berries and a pinch of salt; simmer, stirring often, until berries are tender and have released their juices (about 7 to 10 minutes).
- Serve compote warm or chilled. Enjoy!
What is your favorite way to use berries?