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Plum Blossom Compote

This plum compote is ready in just 20 minutes and you'll only need 4 simple ingredients! The Juicy, sweet-sour plums are stewed with plum blossoms to give a delicate floral aroma and taste. Serve this plum blossom compote with vegan yoghurt and granola for a healthy dessert or serve on top of porridge for a fruity breakfast.


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This compote is unbelievably easy to prepare! You simply add the plum blossoms and hot water to a pot and let them simmer for a few minutes, you then add the plums, sugar and lemon juice and cook until the plums soften, and voila!

WHAT IS COMPOTE


Compote is fruit stewed in a bit of water, sugar, lemon juice and sometimes spices. It’s quicker to make than jam, but it won’t last for as long. It’s usually served as a light dessert or as a topping for cakes, porridge, pancakes, waffles or French toast.


INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED


You only need a few simple ingredients to make this plum blossom compote! Plums - Any ripe plums will work – if the plums you’re using are more sour than sweet, you can add 1 tbsp more sugar to balance the sourness.

Sugar - I’ve used granulated sugar, but you can use any sugar, sweetener or syrup of your choice: carob syrup is great for a refined sugar-free version.

Lemon juice - The lemon juice adds a really nice tanginess to the compote.

Plum Blossoms - The plum blossoms give the compote a lovely delicate floral aroma and taste. If you prefer not to use plum blossoms, this recipe is also lovely with a bit of cinnamon, vanilla or ground cardamom.

TIPS

  • The plum blossoms are optional – this compote is delicious without any added flavour, but you can add other spices such as ground cloves, cardamom or cinnamon.

  • You can use a fruit syrup or sweetener for a refined sugar-free alternative.

  • There's no need to peel the plums. Keeping the skin on will prevent the plums from turning too mushy and they’ll give the compote a lovely colour.


HOW TO MAKE PLUM BLOSSOM COMPOTE


STEP 1:

Place the plum blossoms on a clean piece of muslin, create a little parcel and secure it with some kitchen twine.


STEP 2:


Add the hot water, plum blossoms, lemon juice and sugar to a pot and let it simmer for 5 minutes on a medium heat.


STEP 3:


Remove the pits from the plums and cut them into wedges. Add the plum wedges to the pot and let them cook for 15 more minutes until they soften.


STEP 4:

Remove the plum blossoms from the pot and serve the compote with some vegan yogurt and granola. This compote is delicious hot or cold!




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