Enjoy a delicious peach topping anytime with this simple peach compote recipe. This recipe takes only 15 minutes to make and needs four ingredients. Peach compote tastes excellent mixed into yogurt, oatmeal, or on top of cheesecakes. The options are endless, but one thing is for sure, peach compote will make whatever you are eating taste better!
What is Compote?
The word 'compote' sounds fancy and somewhat complicated. While fruit compote can be fancy, it is anything but complicated!
In the simplest of terms, fruit compote is fruit, sugar, a squeeze of lemon, and a little water. Then cooked on the stove, slightly mashed so that large chunks of fruit remain. Yep, that is all there is to making compote!
This particular recipe is for peach compote. However, compote is very flexible and you can substitute any fruit at a 1:1 ratio.
What Type of Peach Should I Use?
Any type of peach can be used when making this compote. I prefer frozen peaches because they are already peeled sliced and ready to go. In fact, frozen peaches can just be tossed into the saucepan. No defrosting is necessary!
You can also use canned or fresh peaches. Here is what you need to know for each:
- Canned peaches: drain all the liquid and follow the recipe as normal.
- Fresh peaches: peeling is optional. If you are pealing, do that first. Then remove the pit and cut the peaches into chunks. From there the process is the same.
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What to Enjoy Peach Compote With
Compote is similar to jelly or jam and eaten in the same way. Most people use compote as a topping, mix in or spread. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy compote include:
Sugars: One of the great things about compote is that just about any sweetener or sugar can be used. For me, the sugar I use often depends on what I have in my house or my mood. For example, in the winter I like the warm cozy feeling that maple syrup or dark brown sugar adds. However, in the summer I like the sweetness of white sugar.
Here are a few sweetener variations that I recommend:
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Blue Agave
- Raw Sugar
- White Sugar
Flavors: I wrote this recipe as a basic peach compote. However, you might want to add in different flavors. Here are a few suggestions:
- Rose Water
- Salted Caramel
Mixed Fruit Combinations: Peach compote is an excellent way to extend the life of fresh fruit. I sometimes make compote out of whatever fruit I have in my home that is about to go bad. In those instances, I have come up with some interesting combinations. Here are some of my favorite peach combinations:
Frequently Asked Questions
They are very similar, in fact, I would say close cousins. Compote is a simple fruit sauce with chunks of fruit in the sauce. Jam on the other hand is cooked down into a spreadable form.
Fruit preserve or stewed fruit are often used when referring to the compote.
Cornstarch is the perfect thickener. Mix equal parts corn starch and water first, and then add to the compote. I would start with a tablespoon or less, as a little cornstarch goes a long way.
How to store
- Refrigerator - Compote can last up to two weeks in a air-tight container. Mason jars make great storage. I recommend using reusable lids with mason jars. If you do not have any, you can get there here.
- Frozen - Allow the compote to fully cool. Then place in an air tight container or freezer storage bag. You can store this way for up to three months.
- Canned - Compote does not can well. Therefore I do not recommend canning compote.
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Easy Homemade Peach Compote
- Medium saucepan
- 1 pound peaches - fresh, frozen, or canned
- 2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener
- ½ tablespoon lemon
- 2 tablespoon water
- Fruit Prep: If needed, peel and cut the peaches into small chunks (fresh) or drain any juice (canned)1 pound peaches - fresh, frozen, or canned
- Cook: In a medium saucepan, combine peaches, sweetener of choice, lemon, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Canned or fresh peaches will boil in about 5 minutes/frozen peaches in about 10 minutes. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer. Using a masher or fork, mash the peaches to the desired consistency. Continue simmering until the compote has condensed to about half the size. Stir often. This step typically takes between 5 - 10 minutes.2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener, ½ tablespoon lemon, 2 tablespoon water
- Cool: Remove from heat and taste test. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter compote. Cool for a couple of minutes before serving.
- If you prefer a thicker compote, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water. Once thoroughly mixed and the cornstarch is dissolved, mix into the compote.
- Refrigerator - Compote can last up to two weeks in an air-tight container. Mason jars make great storage. I recommend using reusable lids with mason jars. If you do not have any, you can get there here.
- Frozen - Allow the compote to fully cool. Then place in an air-tight container or freezer storage bag. You can store this way for up to three months.
- Canned - Compote does not well. Therefore I do not recommend canning compote.