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It’s That Season Again
Blueberry picking season is my most favorite time of year here in central Florida. We have at least four U-Pick farms within 30 minutes of our home . I go picking at least once a week throughout the spring.
Not only is it a great way to enjoy the balmy weather, but I absolutely love fresh blueberries. I eat them by the handfuls! And while I’m picking I get to think of all the tasty things to make and bake with them.
This year my mom and I were frequent visitors to the blueberry farms. After one trip we returned with 13 pounds of berries! With that much fruit, we had to come up with some interesting ways to use them up. My favorite Blueberry Buttermilk Cake made an appearance, as well as our first ever attempt at blueberry jam together.
Sadly, blueberry picking season is almost over and I only have a few more weeks to gather the scrumptious little morsels. I have a few more weeks to get in some different recipes and fresh handfuls.
As an avid watcher of baking competition shows (Hello there, Great British Baking Show!) I have often heard of fruit compotes. And I have been wanting to try one. With some of my remaining blueberries, I set out to try a fresh blueberry compote. And, wow! The flavor was incredible! My little secret addition was a few mint leaves that add an extra layer of flavor.
This is the perfect topping for Saturday morning pancakes, or in my case, pancakes for dinner! The Hubs made Star Wars shaped pancakes; the one pictured is the Millenium Falcon. (You can get your own pancake molds here!) While he worked, I made the compote. The compote is smooth and sweet and the little chunks of blueberries melt in your mouth. Then we put them together with fresh whipped cream…and BAM! Soooo delicious!
The blueberry compote also pairs well with waffles, ice cream, or cheesecake. You can serve it warm or cold depending on your preference. I have even spooned some on top of fresh Buttermilk Biscuits, and most recently on my Buttermilk Pound Cake.
My favorite dipper though? Ritz crackers! The salty crackers and sweet compote are a match made in Heaven. One of the local blueberry farms inspired me when they put out samples of their fresh jam and jelly out with crackers to try with it. I’ve been dreaming of spreading a little cream cheese on a cracker and drizzling a little blueberry compote on top. Delish!
What do you plan on using this compote with? Have you made one before?
Fresh Blueberry Compote
- 1 lb blueberries, rinsed around 3 cups
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 lemon, zested
- 4 mint leaves whole
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally.
- Simmer 25-30 minutes until all the berries break down.
- While cooling, remove pieces of mint.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.