Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Winter Fruit Compote with Cognac

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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8 ounces/225 g dried figs, halved or quartered

8 ounces/225 g kumquats

8 ounces/225 g dried prunes

1/2 cup/100 g sugar

1/4 cup/60 ml Cognac

Zest of 1/2 lemon

Creme fraiche and toasted almonds, or vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Put the figs, kumquats, prunes, sugar, Cognac and lemon zest in a saucepan with 2 cups/500 ml water and bring to a boil. Cook until the fruits are plump and the sauce syrupy. Turn off the heat and let the fruit macerate for 30 minutes. Pour into a serving dish (a cut glass bowl looks lovely) and let cool. Serve with creme fraiche and toasted almonds, or with a big spoonful of vanilla ice cream.