Sunday, September 18, 2011

millions of peaches

com-pote   (noun) /ˈkämpōt/
1. Fruit preserved or cooked in syrup.
2. A dish consisting of fruit salad or stewed fruit.  

Ok, so what's with all the names for cooked fruit? There's jam, jelly, compote, stewed fruit, fruit preserves, curd, chutney, coulis...

This one is definitely a compote. You could eat it on pancakes, waffles, french toast, yogurt, ice cream, or all by itself. Make a bunch, and freeze some for the depths of winter. 

Go, run to the market! Buy baskets and baskets of peaches! Because in a few weeks, they'll be replaced by apples, and the only peaches available will be hard, mealy, and have a hefty environmental price tag. 

Peach Compote

4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Combine everything in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 15 minutes. The compote will thicken more after it cools. It will keep in the fridge for about a week, or for a few months in the freezer. 

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