Rhubarb and berry compote

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TOTAL TIME

21 min

Makes

2 -1/2 cups

* PLUS Preparation time: 6 minutes
Rhubarb and berry compote

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Rhubarb is a sure sign of spring. While we love it baked into pies and tarts, a juicy compote is unbeatable, especially when mixed with sweet berries. Spoon over quality vanilla ice cream for a refreshing dinner finale.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped fresh rhubarb , or 300-g pkg chopped frozen rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon , ground cardamom or anise seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 pint strawberries

Instructions

  • If using frozen rhubarb, do not thaw. If using fresh rhubarb, slice into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces. Place in a large saucepan. Stir in sugar, jam, liqueur, ginger and cinnamon. Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) water if using fresh rhubarb. Stir often over medium heat until sugar dissolves and jam is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Bring to a boil, stirring often, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir often.
  • Meanwhile, hull strawberries. Slice into quarters. Once rhubarb has simmered 8 minutes, stir in strawberries. Increase heat to medium. Cover and simmer until berries have softened a little, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, uncovered. Compote thickens as it cools. Great warm or at room temperature. It will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 111,
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.6 g,
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 6 mg.

Crushing anise seeds

Place 1/4 tsp (1 mL) seeds in a resealable plastic bag. Close top. Set on counter. Using bottom of a small saucepan or rolling pin, grind until coarsely crushed.

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