Strawberry season is in full swing. It’s a perfect time to make some strawberry compote.
I love this time of year when green things are growing like crazy, flowers are blooming and the garden is really starting to kick in! I also love when berry season begins.
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Loving Strawberry Season
We can get strawberries from somewhere in the world most of the year, but now when they’re in season is DEFINITELY the best!
The most recent ones I got had the most wonderfully sweet strawberry fragrance like strawberries this time of year should.
That makes me excited!
I bought enough so my husband and I could eat some fresh and also to make this Simple Strawberry Compote.
Making the strawberries into a compote, keeps them longer to enjoy as a topping or spread. It’s your own homemade jam. And it’s so easy to make.
It takes only 3 ingredients, 4 if you add the optional cinnamon, and 25 minutes of your time. Then you have your own refined sugar free fruit compote. Now how good is that?
Well, I must say I have plans for my compote – like on and in EVERYTHING 😉
A Homemade Reward
It’s so rewarding to make something yourself that you would otherwise buy in a store, isn’t it? It’s such a good feeling when you can take a fresh fruit like a strawberry and turn it into a product that you made.
And to me that’s always way better than just buying a jar of jam at the store. ALWAYS!
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, about 1 lb.
- 3 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- a couple pinches of cinnamon, optional
Add the strawberries to a heavy bottom saucepan and add the agave nectar and stir together - let sit for a minute so the strawberries will release a little juice
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat and bring to a boil
As the strawberries are coming to a boil, mash them roughly with a potato masher or a spoon so that some of the berries are crushed, stir regularly
When the mixture comes to a boil, add the fresh lemon juice, a couple pinches of cinnamon (optional) and stir
Turn down the heat and cook about 15 minutes or so until the compote thickens. **It will continue to thicken as it cools**
When it has cooled, spoon the compote into a small glass jar and use right away or refrigerate
This compote makes a delicious topping for toast, pancakes, yogurt, cake, etc.
I hope you get a chance to make some of this compote – I think you’ll like it 🙂