Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea & Lemon

Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea & Lemon

16 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

When the selection of fruit in the winter is lacking, poaching shelf-stable dried fruit in lemon-infused green tea creates a luscious fruit compote. Serve topped with low-fat plain yogurt and chopped pistachios for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 green tea bags
  • 3 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 3 cups mixed dried fruit, such as apples, apricots, pears, figs and/or raisins

Preparation

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  1. Steep tea bags in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir sugar and lemon zest into the tea. Cut any large pieces of fruit into halves or quarters. Place the fruit and tea in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook until the fruit is plump and tender and the liquid is syrupy, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high or 3 1/2 to 4 hours on low. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1/2 cup
  • Per serving: 150 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 4 g fiber; 40 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1385 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 22 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 10 mg sodium; 462 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
  • Exchanges: 2 1/2 fruit

Reviews 16

September 08, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
I thought this was good for a sweet tooth, so not just for breakfast. But gives u a good boost to start the day. No slow cooker needed, I put it in a casserole dish and put in the oven for an hour and came out fine. Will make again.
July 21, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
A little too rich for my taste To be completely transparent, I knew I wasn't going to like this going into it, but it was on the 28 day weight loss menu, so I gave it a shot. I'd say it's ok. I'd eat it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to make it. Really rich/sweet. I added a dollop of Plain Yogurt and Pumpkin Seeds and that definitely helped to cut the richness. Just a note... there is no way I'd have time to make this in a crock pot in the morning, and didn't want to make a full recipe so I adapted it for stovetop, just bringing it to a boil then simmering and stirring until liquid was evaporated (about 25 minutes). Came out fine, I assume it is same as what I would have gotten in crock pot, just less time. Pros: Easy Cons: Time (if done in crock pot)
July 20, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Added Quinoa I added quinoa and used pineapple too, turned out well. I did add one more cup of tea as the quinoa expands. This was a nice tasty breakfast and the quinoa makes it a bit more hearty. Pros: Was easy to make
December 31, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Sugar I understand not wanting the extra sugar, but it's not just for sweetness. The sugar thickens the water to give it the texture of a compote. Without the sugar it's just fruit in tea.
May 22, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Not bad, but probably won't make again. It's not a bad dish, but it's not as syrupy as I would have liked. Might try to mix it into oatmeal. Pros: Healthy, pistachios were good crunch. Cons: Mushy tea and yogurt combination at bottom of bowl
May 22, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I will undoubtedly be eating this for 8 days straight.
May 22, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I wanted to try something new for breakfast that was healthy so I gave this a shot. I used apples, apricots, figs, assorted raisins. I forgot to put the cranberries into the cooker, so I used pistachios and dried cranberries on top. I thought it needed the extra sweetness, so I added the sugar. I think it really depends on what types of dried fruit you're using with whether or not you'll need the sugar. The only thing I didn't like about it was at the bottom of the bowl, the green tea was too watery and mixed into the yogurt to create a soupy, unappetizing mess.
April 11, 2012
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By: Katie Sechrist
Sweet/tart, okay once but I won't repeat I disagree with other reviewers who said leave out the sugar. Are they using 3 tea bags to steep properly? Without the sugar I think this would be even more tart than it already was. Yes it had some natural sweetness from the fruit, but it definitely needed the sugar it has. I made recipe exactly as stated and it was pretty good. Good for breakfast this morning, but I'm not excited about having it again tomorrow. The pistachios were a nice crunchy surprise in an otherwise mushy dish. I used a bag of mixed dried fruit and I added raisins. The apples and raisins were my favorite pieces, and I didn't care for the apricot. Pros: Something new to try Cons: Crockpot takes awhile
January 26, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great for so many different things! It's so good on it's own! I put it in my oatmeal or cereal in the morning & on even tried it on ice cream, YUM. It's just different enough to be satisfying without the same boring fruit options.