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Peach-Blackberry Compote with Basil Syrup

Fresh basil, which has a special affinity with peaches, is the secret ingredient in this sophisticated compote. The basil garnish gives guests a clue to the subtle flavor in the syrup.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings, 1 cup each
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1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons dry white wine

3 sprigs fresh basil, plus more for garnish

2 2-1/2-inch strips orange zest

3 cups sliced peeled peaches (3-4 medium) (see Tip)

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Combine sugar and wine in small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add 3 basil sprigs and orange zest; stir to immerse. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain syrup into a small bowl, pressing on basil and zest to release maximum flavor.
  3. Shortly before serving, combine peaches, blackberries, lemon juice and basil-infused syrup in a serving bowl; toss gently to coat. Serve garnished with basil sprigs.
  4. To peel peaches, dip in boiling water for 30 or 40 seconds to loosen their skins. Let cool slightly, then slip off skins with a paring knife.