Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cranberry Compote

So for the second part of the Brie Bites installment, I have the very easy recipe from Lily taken from a Martha Stewart hostess gift! It's the perfect addition to Brie Bites or simply just a piece of plain old bread.


  • 1 bag fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup (possible more) cranberry juice

Put the entire bag of cranberries in a small pot on medium heat

Let the cranberries heat up and soften (you will see the skin burst and make soft pops)

After about five minutes, pour in the sugar and cranberry juice. Stir and mix well

Let the mix simmer on medium for about 15 minutes. It will bubble and stir every few minutes so it doesn't congeal.

  • If it looks too thick at first, add a little more juice
  • If it tastes too tart (this all goes by your taste, after all!) add a little more sugar

    Once the mixture has reduced, take it off the heat and let cool for about five minutes

    There are three ways to finish your compote:

    1. Leave as is. This way will be slightly more congealed and chunky, but still delicious!
    2. Pour the slightly cooled mixture into a blender (even a hand blender will do). Blend until the chunks are blended out (the mixture will get hotter as it blends, so be careful). The seeds will still be there but the mixture will be much smoother
    3. To make the ultimate in silky cranberry deliciousness, first complete step 2. After the mixture is blended and slightly cooled, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. It's easiest to do this a few spoonfuls at a time so you don't spill it out the sides. Push your spoon down on the strainer to help the mixture go through and move the seeds aside. Strain the mixture once, and maybe twice if you reeeeally want some super silkiness!
      Pour in a small airtight container (or a glass jar if you're giving it as a gift!)

      Good Luck!


      1. so glad i've found your blog! so inspiring from the recipes to decor. i move in my own place (from an apt with roomies) in 2 weeks; so ready to start setting things up!

      2. Delicious recipe! I just happened to be flipping through some of my old cookbooks and came across a different cranberry compote recipe and immediately thought of you. In case you were looking to mix it up a little, this recipe calls for an addition of a sliced up peeled apple (to be cooked with the cranberries), 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of maple syrup. This particular compote is suggested to be a topping for pancakes or waffles. Just thought you might be interested in a variation of your already delicious recipe!

      3. La Petite Fashionista- Congrats on getting your own place, that should be a lot of fun to decorate! I can't wait to see what you post about doing .

        Jessie- That sounds amazing! I'll have to try it next time! Thanks for the tip.



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