This is such a simple way to spruce up your breakfast and give it that little extra punch as you kickstart your day. Made with honey rather than sugar it makes for an interesting and healthy alternative to fresh fruit, with the spices adding a comforting warmth to complement the sharp tang of the plums. A great method for sneaking in one of your five-a-day. I tend to make a batch on a Sunday night and then keep it in the fridge ready to serve with muesli and greek yoghurt throughout the working week.
Ingredients (four servings)
- Four large, ripe plums (I tend to go for red, but any variety will do), de-stoned and chopped into 1.5cm pieces
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- 2 cinnamon quills
- 2 whole star anise
- A good grating of nutmeg
- Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 mins. I like the plum pieces to retain some bite, but if you would prefer them to be softer keep simmering for a while longer.
- Take the pan off the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Once cooled, serve with your breakfast of choice. I like to enjoy the compote with muesli and yoghurt, but for a more indulgent breakfast or brunch serve with thick pancakes or waffles and a dollop of crème fraîche.