April 05, 2007

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

1 cup strawberries, diced
1 stalk rhubarb, diced
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
juice of 1/2 lemon

Place the rhubarb, strawberries, water, lemon juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook until the mixture boils and starts to thicken, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in arrowroot powder. Serve hot or cold. Allow to cool completely before refrigerating any leftovers. Great over ice cream, yogurt, pancakes or pavlovas.

My thoughts:
I love fruit compote but hardly ever remember to make it, which is a shame because it only takes a few minutes and elevates some thing like plain yogurt into a treat. I like to make it using a little arrowroot powder as a thickener instead of the usual cornstarch because it is virtually tasteless and when wet, is clear so you end up with a lump-free, translucent sauce.