Every gluten free, sugar free cook should have a good compote recipe in her back pocket. They’re simple to make, versatile, and delicious. A make-ahead dish, compotes can stand on their own but also pair well with slightly softened ice cream, fresh whipped cream, or a slice of cake.
Modifying for No Sugar Added
I found this recipe in the January 2010 edition of Good Housekeeping and put it in my “to modify” pile. Traditionally compotes are cooked in a sugary syrup but I thought I’d try this SS&GF style with no sugar added. Dried fruits are sweet to begin with so I was confident I could skip the alternative sweeteners. When the compote was finished cooking and cooling, though, the sauce wasn’t syrupy or sweet enough for me. So, I strained the fruit in a fine mesh sieve and reduced the sauce by half.
The result? A perfectly syrupy sauce with no sugar added.
The wintery flavors in this compote are complex and delightful – the brightness of the orange, the hint of licorice from the star anise, and an undertone of cinnamon with the individual fruit flavors still shining through. In fact, I’m eating some on top of vanilla bean ice cream right now. Comfort food at it’s best.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods in the winter?
I’m teaching a cooking class in Plano, TX on February 8th! If you’re in Dallas I’d love for you to attend. It’s very affordable and according to the website there are only 3 spots left in the class. I am pleasantly surprised (ok – totally shocked – I think it’s a mistake. Just sent an e-mail verify this…) I’ll keep you updated. You can find all the information here at the City of Plano’s website.
A huge thank you to everyone who takes the time to come back and tell me about the results of cooking my recipes. It’s been so helpful and has brought me a lot of joy.
Lots of give-aways are lined up over the next month or so. Monday is the big kick-off. One lucky reader will win a $50 shopping spree to iHerb.com. I got a shopping spree of my very own and had the best time. Make sure to check in next week to find out how you can win one, too.
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I’ve been invited to join in the Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party which takes place next week. It’s hosted by Diane of The Whole Gang. This month’s theme is Light Winter Warmers – soups, stews, and maybe even some warm winter drinks without all the calories. Another great reason to check in on Monday – I’ll have the details for you then.
Visit The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter for more cooking ideas.