• Quick & Easy Fruit Compote with Vanilla Sauce (and a no-added sugar or low-sugar variation)

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    Quick & Easy Fruit Compote with Vanilla Sauce (and a no-added sugar or low-sugar variation)
    Prep: 10 min Cook: 5 min Servings: 6
    by Salad Foodie
    389 recipes
    A fruit compote on the table in 15 minutes? Here's a dessert kids (and kids of all ages) will love. Start with a can of fruit cocktail, add some chopped fruit in season, and make a simple vanilla sauce to top it. (This dessert converts easily to a no-sugar added or low sugar version by substituting a non calorie sweetener such as Splenda for half or all of the sugar.)


    • 1 15-ounce can fruit cocktail (I use packed-in-own-juice type, but regular syrup canned is fine if carbs and calories are not a concern)
    • 1 cup of fresh fruits in season, diced or sliced (such as bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, pineapple, etc.)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • Garnish of choice, optional: mint leaves, whipped cream, toasted coconut, chocolate curls, etc.


    1. Drain fruit cocktail well, reserving all juice. In medium mixing bowl stir together drained fruit cocktail and prepared fresh fruit. Divide evenly into 5 to 6 individual compote dishes or small dessert bowls.
    2. Measure reserved fruit cocktail syrup into a liquid measuring glass; add water as needed to measure ½ cup total. Pour into a small saucepan and stir in sugar and cornstarch, mixing until all cornstarch is dissolved.
    3. Cook and stir over medium high heat just til it begins to boil; reduce heat and continue boiling 2 or 3 minutes, until thickened well.
    4. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Pour over fruit portioning evenly.
    5. Optional: garnish as desired and serve.
    6. Yield: 5-6 servings

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    • Joyce
      this is going to be made tonite for dessert, it seems so easy, can't wait.

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