Easy Berry Compote

A no-notice dessert loved by children and adults, alike.

Feeds 4 – 6


250g frozen mixed berries

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp water

1 tsp cornstarch (corn flour) dissolved in a little water


Chop any large fruit in halves or quarters, then combine all the ingredients except the dissolved cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium and cook for a couple of minutes. Next add the dissolved cornstarch and cook for a further minute or two, until the compote is glossy and the consistency of hot jam (if you’ve made jam before you’ll know what this looks like – if not, just wait until it’s slightly thickened). Turn off the heat and leave to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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