Spiced Winter Fruit Compote

Spiced Winter Fruit Compote

An English winter can seem pretty endless - the rain, the grey, the short days. The answer is most certainly to hunker down with something comforting to eat, a blanket and a box set and wait for Spring (soon, please!)

This compote is simple and speedy to make, using wintery fruits with a touch of warming spices and fragrant rose water for a slightly middle eastern spin to brighten up your breakfast or pudding. Keep it simple, or jazz it up with rose petals, nuts, a sprinkling of orange zest or a blob of creme fraiche.

Serves 4-5 as a topping

20 mins total cooking time


  • 400g plums, cut into smallish cubes

  • 100g frozen blackberries

  • 2 tbsps soft brown sugar (or a little more to taste)

  • 2 tbsps water

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom

  • 1 tsp rose water (optional)

Topping ideas: rose petals, pistachios, hazelnuts, a little crème fraiche


  1. Add the chopped plums and blackberries, sugar, water and spices to a medium saucepan, heat over low-med heat with lid on to soften fruit until starting to fall apart (10-15 mins)

  2. Once the fruit is soft take the lid off, reduce the heat and simmer until you have a thick, spoonable compote

  3. Take it off the heat, leave to cool a little then stir in the rose water

  4. Serve with porridge, rice pudding, ice cream, yoghurt or to jazz up plain cakes. You can also blitz to a drizzleable puree if you prefer