Cherry compote is a fantastic condiment that can be used for a variety of sweet and savory culinary applications. Are you wondering what the difference is between a compote and say, a jam or preserves? The word “compote” is French for “mixture,” and fruit compotes are essentially pieces of whole fruit stewed in sugar syrup. Jams and preserves are much thicker and sweeter, with an emphasis on gelling from natural or added pectins. While cherry jams typically still have some texture, a cherry compote really highlights the whole cherries. Ready to make some compote using Stemilt cherries? Here are 5 tips for preparing and using it!
Tip #1: Add Alcohol For More Flavor.
Cherry compotes can be prepared with or without alcohol, but I highly recommend using alcohol if possible. Brandy, especially kirsch, adds a tremendous amount of flavor to the syrup. The alcohol will cook out while the syrup is simmering, leaving just the wonderful flavors behind. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, try using freshly squeezed orange juice instead for a citrus kick (or a mix or orange juice and water).
Tip #2: The Ultimate Cheesecake Topping.
Cherry compote is the perfect topping for classic cheesecake. It seriously doesn’t get any better! Don’t be shy, pile it on there. It will take the flavor and appearance of any cheesecake to the next level. (It’s also the perfect way to disguise a cracked cheesecake top, and no one will be the wiser).
Tip #3: Add It To Custard, Mousse, and Frozen Desserts.
In addition to cheesecakes, compote is an amazing topping for many desserts. Close your eyes and imagine brandied cherry compote over tangy frozen yogurt, speckled vanilla ice cream, a delicate goat cheese mousse, or rich chocolate pudding. Get the idea?
Tip #4: Brunch Ideas. Let Me Show You Them.
Cherry compote might just be the perfect condiment for a brunch gathering. It’s lovely on biscuits and scones. Swirl it into a granola yogurt parfait. Serve it with bagels and cream cheese. Add it to oatmeal or cereal. Perhaps there’s a cheese platter? It can go there, too.
Tip #5: Try it on a Sandwich.
One of the great things about cherry compote is that it works in savory applications as well! The best recipes have a proper balance of sweet, salty, bitter and acidity. Cherry compote has just the right amount of sweetness and tang to brighten up so many deli-style sandwiches. You should give this chicken, brie and cherry compote sandwich a try. It’s got that perfect balance of flavors, textures and color. Cherry compote takes it to that next level!