Winter Fruit Compote

Winter fruit compote

Category: Breakfast, Dessert | Serves: 2-3

Prep time: 10 minutes, plus overnight chilling | Cooking time: 5 minutes, if serving warm


225g (8oz) mixed dried fruit of your choice or dried fruit salad (such as apricots, pitted prunes, peaches, pears and apple rings)

100ml (3 1/2fl oz) unsweetened apple juice

100ml (3 1/2fl oz) unsweetened orange juice

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

10g (1/4 oz) toasted flaked almonds (optional)

  1. Put dried fruit in a bowl. Pour juices into a jug. Add mixed spice and whisk together. Add juice to fruit and mix well. Cover and chill in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  2. If serving compote cold, remove it from fridge and stand at room temperature for about 1 hour before serving. If serving warm, transfer fruit and juices to a small pan and heat gently. Stirring occasionally. Alternatively, put compote in a microwave-safe container, cover loosely and heat on High for about 2 minutes (or until hot), stirring once. Remove from heat; cool slightly before serving.
  3. Divide compote between 2 serving bowls; sprinkle with flaked almonds (if using). Serve on its own or topped with a little low-fat natural yoghurt.


  • Ground cinnamon can be substituted for the mixed spice. Try sprinkling the compote with toasted seeds instead of the flaked almonds

Cook's tips

  • Try snipping the dried fruit into pieces with scissors before adding the juice.

Nutritional information

Winter Fruit Compote