Get ahead with your Christmas cooking this year and make this delicious cranberry and blueberry compote flavoured with creme de cassis, cinnamon, fresh rosemary, lime juice and zest. The addition of the blueberries not only makes it taste amazing they give the compote a great colour and texture. It will be a talking point around the festive foodie table with all your friends and family for sure, a good talking point that is! Its berry good……… Sorry couldn’t resist it!
Oh yes.. and put a dollop in a big fat Christmas sandwich with your left over turkey, stuffing and bread sauce. Or serve it with a baked camembert and some toasted foccacia bread for a great starter or an addition to your boxing day lunch.
- 300g fresh cranberries
- 150g fresh blueberries
- finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 heaped tablespoons light brown soft sugar
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 100ml creme de cassis ( or port )
- Put all the ingredients into a pan, turn on the heat and gently simmer stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the compote has nicely thickened and ensuring some of the fruit remain whole. Taste and season with a little extra sugar if you like it sweeter.
- Spoon into a freezer proof container with the cinnamon stick and rosemary and allow to cool before covering. Place in the freezer.
- Take out of the freezer a day before serving to de frost. Pick out the cinnamon stick and fresh rosemary stem ( some of the leaves of the rosemary will probably be in the compote, thats good )
- It tastes best served at room temperature or warmed through slightly before serving, you can add a little extra creme de cassis or port when warming through.
- Spoon into a bowl and serve.
The citrus fruit flavouring in this recipe comes from the juice and zest of a lime but you could replace this with the juice and finely grated zest of an orange or clementine.
If you want to make a bigger batch of this compote just double all the ingredients except the cinnamon stick and fresh rosemary sprig and simmer the mixture for a little longer.
When choosing your fresh cranberries make sure they are nice and shiny and firm, definitely not bruised and squashy.
Make this soon and cross something off your long Christmas to do list! Its a nice feeling!