Sweet Fig Compote

April 25, 2014
Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything

There aren't many things in life

that are more unfortunate ..

Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything

than having to face the scale the day after one gets home from vacation

5:45 am .. Saturday (!)

True confessions of a sugar addict began as we walked across the room ..“I shouldn't have even gone in .. Should have just kept walking .. I know myself far better than that .. Dang it .. double”

She smiled

“I really thought I could have just one .. the smallest of tasty treats .. what could one little dish of gelato hurt? I still had 8 days of vacation left to walk it off .. Nothing to see here”

“Was it good?”

Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything“Incredible .. fig .. fig gelato with cacao nibs”

“One dish of gelato isn't going to make a difference .. I was only one .. right?”

Alas

It was during that very same week .. a happy email from home .. my Mom passed along a recipe we'd talked loosely about for months .. fig compote

The irony is certainly not lost on me

Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything

This was the first recipe I reached for when I got home .. and couldn't resist bringing it to this month's Food Swap

To date the world of compotes has been unfamiliar .. so I was pleasantly surprised by how quick & easy it was to make. The flavors here are deep & sophisticated .. figs, dried pears, and raisins form the base .. honey & lemon enhance the sweetness of the figs.

What's the difference between a compote & a jam? Compotes tend to be chunkier, cooked for a shorter amount of time .. and don't necessarily have sugar .. like jam will

Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything

The bigger question .. what's the best way to eat this new-found treasure?

I started with a spoon .. straight out of the jar .. graduated to a slight slather on gluten-free toast .. and branched out from there .. a drizzle on steel-cut oats .. topping for pancakes .. AND .. I've also read it's best served with stinky cheeses (!)

It's going to be fun to experiment

Sweet Fig Compote - Fig compote is easy to make, relatively quick, and is good on just about anything

I got off the scale .. down 1/2 pound .. fig gelato & all .. body comp still about the same

As I sat to put on my gloves & shoes for the 6 am class .. my definition of success wasn't far from my mind .. Yes, the scale & body comp numbers didn't move very much .. but really .. that's ok

A 10 day vacation .. 1/2 a pound lost

I have so much more energy .. and feel really, really good

I've stuck with the 8-week run .. 90% (ish) .. a few off-plan meals here & there

A Diet Coke habit .. kicked (!)

A 40+ year love-affair with ketchup .. almost kicked .. (almost)

Total stats since I started:  Down 7 1/2 pounds & 2% body comp

Enjoy!

xoxo

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~ Adapted from my Brother & his Wife's original

Sweet Fig Compote
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup dried mission figs, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried golden raisins, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried pears, chopped
  • ( ** Any dried fruit can be substituted in the same ratio )
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey (** a vegan option would be brown rice syrup or coconut sugar)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, combine water, figs, raisins, pears and salt.
  2. Cook until reduced to a jam consistency (~ 20-30 min)
  3. Add the vanilla, lemon juice and brown rice syrup .. and cook 3-4 min longer
  4. Use an immersion blender .. or a few pulses in your food processor .. to make a thick paste-like spread
Notes
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 3
% Carbs: 97
% Fat: 0
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Tbsp Calories: 79 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 19.38 Sugar: 15.63 Protein: .63

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    And that is precisely why I prefer compotes to jam because they are chunkier and have far more flavour! I bet the fig tastes rich and delicious x

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