Quick, Mixed Berry Summer Compote

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and what could be better than a special, healthy treat of fresh berries to show your appreciation.  This quick mixed berry summer compote will be delicious on pancakes, yogurt or ice cream.  Best of all, the kids can help you make it!Quick, Mixed Berry Summer Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

These berries take only 3-5 minutes on the stove so you’ve got yourself a gift for Mom in 10 minutes flat.  Best of all, you can make your own custom version according to your tastes.  I added a little Amaretto to mine and next time I will add some Grand Marnier and orange zest.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

berry compote

You can use fresh or frozen berries.  I can’t even begin to tell you how good this was!

Now I’m guessing you’re thinking that’s yogurt in the picture but I decided to treat myself and have some ice cream.  Who knew it was so hard to photograph?  I had thought that once I put the warm compote on the berries and rushed it to the table to shoot, I’d get at least 10 pics before it started to melt – ummm … not even one!  I decided in the end that it looked delicious anyway so I went with it, ha!

Easy Berry Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

The fresh mint was a nice touch and you can try others – basil or lavender would be fabulous.  Tossing the cinnamon sticks in there added an extra depth of flavour as well.  This would be a nice opportunity to let your kids learn a little about experimenting with ingredients.  Let them be the mad scientists and watch their faces when they see what they’ve created!

Quick Berry Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

This will last a couple days in the fridge and if you make a double batch, it makes a great hostess gift for all those backyard grill parties coming up.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working Mom’s out there!


Quick, Mixed Berry Summer Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners


Quick Mixed Berry Summer Compote
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh mint
  • [b]Other Flavor Options to Consider:[/b]
  • Orange juice or zest
  • Lemon juice or zest
  • fresh basil or rosemary
  • Grand Marnier liqueur
  1. Hull and cut the larger strawberries, if using.
  2. IMPORTANT: If using all fresh berries, add 2 tablespoons of water. If using frozen, no need for water.
  3. Put all berries and ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. As soon as it’s boiling, turn down to a gentle simmer and let cook for 3-5 minutes. If you want the berries to retain their shape like those in the pictures, 3 minutes is all that’s needed.
  4. Spoon over pancakes, yogurt or ice cream and garnish with some additional small mint leaves.



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    Anita Rivera
    May 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I hope my comment goes through because I am on my tablet! This looks remarkable my friend….I just wish I still had my mom to celebrate with her, but the colors of love never fade. This is beautiful! Anita

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      May 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Hi Anita!
      Thanks so much for your kind words. You described love perfectly, my friend. Hope we talk soon!! Lots of love to you.
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    Amy | Club Narwhal
    May 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, this compote looks like summer in a jar! I can only imagine how good it tastes and a million different things 🙂

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      May 7, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Thanks so much, Amy! I love that it came together so easily. How’s things going? Such an exciting time for you 🙂

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    May 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Looks so good! Perfect for summer desserts or pancakes and more. I love how easy and fast it is. Great talking to you my sweet friend. lots of love from W.W. xo
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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 7, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Who knew compote was so easy to make! Robyn you really do make everything look so fresh and easy!!! I think this delicious compote would be fabulous on my breakfast oatmeal, yogurt and even on grilled pork tenderloin… You know I like a little something sweet and a little something savory, that would be brilliant.
    I love your new wood board, lots of great texture. Your photos are just popping! My favorite photo hands down in the one from straight on top with the cute little spoon prop. You so deserved ice cream for all of that hard work!!!
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    May 7, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Thanks so much, Bobbi. I did enjoy eating up the ice cream, lol. It actually took a couple bowls to get it right – at least that’s what I told myself!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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    May 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Dearest Robyn, this is one of my favorites from you…. okay, every recipe from you is my favorite 🙂 I think I will have to make this soon. I know my entire family would enjoy it.

    Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Enjoy the upcoming weekend. Hugs to you!

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      May 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      LOL, you like it because it’s sweet and it’s on ice cream, Stephanie! I know you will like this and you can truly make it your own by adding your favorite flavors. Thanks so much – you have inspired me with your kind words over the years. What would I have done without you and Mindy? lol
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    Tina Jui | The Worktop
    May 8, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I love a good compote! The little dishes that you used to hold the berries are adorable. Great photos!
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    Miz Helen
    May 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I just love a great fruit compote and this looks like a very tasty recipe. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen
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    May 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    This looks like it would be good on lot’s of different things, especially whole wheat pancakes and yogurt. What a great idea since berry season is now upon us!

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    May 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Glad you made it back to post a recipe because this one looks fabulous. Yum! What a great dessert topping for Mother’s Day or anytime. I love the idea of the different options you gave for flavors. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted. Have a healthy happy blessed Mother’s day weekend!
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    May 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I love everything about this recipe! Can’t wait to try it! Pinning and just shared on Facebook!
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    May 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Oh my this looks like perfection! Pinning to remember once our berries are ripe.

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