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Cherry and berry compote: fruit dessert recipe

Updated on July 21, 2013
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Imogen is from West Dorset, in the UK. She works in publishing and writes mainly about the environment, gardening, and vegetarian food.

Fresh summer fruits - cherries, loganberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants
Fresh summer fruits - cherries, loganberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Cherry and berry compote

Fresh fruit compote is a must have dessert during the summer months, making good use of the abundance of fresh fruits that are available from the garden or local greengrocers. This recipe was made from a bowl of fruit that was picked, cooked and eaten all in one day!

The principal ingredients here are cherries, assorted berries and rhubarb, but you can mix and match with whatever you have available. Fresh fruit is nicer, however frozen berries will work equally as well if fresh are not available.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 1 lb (500 grams) mixed fresh soft fruits, such as:
  • cherries (about 1/3 of total fruit), blueberries
  • loganberries, raspberries, blackcurrants
  • 1 stalk rhubarb
  • optional extras: strawberries, redcurrants
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 1 oz (50 g) butter
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
prepared fruit - cherries, berries and rhubarb
prepared fruit - cherries, berries and rhubarb | Source
Cherry and berry compote - ready to serve
Cherry and berry compote - ready to serve | Source
  1. Prepare the fruit (if using fresh fruit) - wash and destalk the cherries and berries, remove stones from cherries, and wash and chop the rhubarb into bite sized pieces. For this recipe I used about one third cherries, one large stalk of rhubarb and a mixture of loganberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then stir in the sugar until dissolved. Add the cinnamon and star anise and the prepared fruit. If you do not have these spices then a teaspoon of ground cinnamon or mixed spice will do the trick.
  3. Bring to the boil on a low heat and simmer until all fruit is soft. Do not over cook so that the fruit becomes mushy. Taste for sweetness, some fruit is more tart, such as the rhubarb and blackcurrants, and may need a little extra sugar or honey.
  4. Add the juice of half a lemon, and allow the mixture to cool a little before serving. It is delicious served warm with ice cream, or can be chilled and served with yogurt, mascarpone or cream.

Serving suggestions

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream

Serve with sliced and frozen bananas

Serve with a dollop of creamy mascarpone cheese and a slice of shortcake

Add to rice pudding

Serve with fresh whipped cream

Use as a filling for pancakes (see my pancake recipe)


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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Imogen, loved this article. We love berries!! Great job on this recipe all the way through. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. 5 stars as well. Very easy to read and understand, thanks :) Best wishes.

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Looks like a yummy dessert! Thank you for sharing, Imogen French! :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I had forgotten all about fruit compote until I stopped over here! Thank you for this reminder and yummy looking recipe! We have a market near by where the fruit is so fresh and the prices are so good that I always buy too much! Perfect time for compote! Thank you!

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks for your comments dirt farmer, thelma and kathryn - hope you have a wonderful day too! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious, and I like the serving suggestions. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      This sounds delicious. I still have a lot of fresh fruits and I´ll try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      This looks luscious! The rhubarb and anise is a lovely touch.

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      Thanks for your comments CS and Msdora. This berry combination has a really refreshing zingy flavour, and is full of vitamins and minerals.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the recipe. Such a rich assortment of berries must be very nutritious.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious and tempting! Fruit desserts are awesome during summers. And I simply loved your combinations.

      Thanks for sharing!