Summertime in these parts is hot. Not the good summer vacation kind of hot either, but the sticky, miserable, fanning yourself while sipping iced beverages because the AC just can't handle it type of hot.
You know that line, "If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen?" Yeah, after 30 minutes over an oven trying to put together a weeknight dinner, there are very few reasons I'd stay a bit longer. This dessert, however, is one of them.
Fruit compote is one of those things that makes everything a little bit better. Spoon it over waffles and claim it's breakfast. Add a scoop of ice cream (or, as we like, a spoonful of Cool Whip) and call it dessert. Drop dough over it and bake for a cobbler that will have everyone begging you for the recipe. And the best part? It comes together in five minutes on your stovetop, and dirties exactly one pan.
Go! Hurry! Make it now! I'll bet you've even got the ingredients floating around your kitchen already!
5 Minute Fruit Compote
Adapted from all over the internet; you can find similar recipes everywhere.
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp lemon juice (or another tbsp water, if you don't have it)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (berries and peaches are our favourites)
Add all ingredients to small saucepan. Cook over medium heat on stovetop until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Serve warm, room temperature or even cool, depending on application.
Bonus: Want cobbler?
Mix 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp cinnamon. Cut in one stick (8 tbsp) cold butter. Add 1/3 cup boiling water and mix well. Spoon over cooked fruit in small casserole dish, bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F or until cobbler is golden and delicious.