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Orange Compote


Orange compote can be used as a topping for yogurt, ricotta, or ice cream.

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  • Yield: Makes 3/4 cup

Source: Everyday Food, December 2007


  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced blood or navel orange zest (from 1/2 orange)
  • 2 to 3 blood or navel oranges (peel and pith removed), quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced, and seeded (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Coarse salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine orange zest and slices, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons water; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until oranges collapse and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes.

  2. Cool compote to room temperature.

Cook's Notes

This makes a terrific holiday gift when packed into glass jars and decorated with ribbon.

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  • MS11729546
    8 NOV, 2010
    Those are Weck jars. You can buy them from Heath ceramics online or directly from Weck by the dozen. I already did some of my Christmas canning in them and they are just beautiful
  • My5kiddos
    4 NOV, 2010
    LOVE these jars, but can't seem to find them anywhere... ideas?!
  • StarGaiz
    21 MAR, 2010
    How much salt do I use? And are the orange slices supposed to just be whole natural shaped wedges with unbroken membranes, or do I then slice the wedges into thinner slices? I wasn't sure of the directions on cutting 'lengthwise' on a spherical object, and then saying to cut them into thin slices. I want to make this for a hostess gift tonight; a quick reply would be most helpful. Thanks so much! -Krystal :)
  • Adina
    4 DEC, 2008
    Carmencita, you can definitely use the compote as the filling for a vanilla cake -- it would be delicious with a fluffy whipped-cream frosting! KatherineJane, look for little jars like these at kitchenware shops, or online at or (search for "jam jars"). Hope that helps!
  • Carmencita
    18 NOV, 2008
    Can I use this as a feeling for a cake?
  • KatherineJane
    22 JAN, 2008
    Where do I find great little jars like these?