At the end of summer, the season’s sweetness leaves us with the gradual and then sudden swiftness of a sunset. We are all warmth and glow and then gone, left in the quiet stillness of fall’s transformation. But in the days we have left, before the official turn of summer to fall, we have the opportunity to savor the produce that was in abundance in months past. This easy stone fruit compote will let you bring some of that sweetness with you into autumn.

It truly is as easy as it seems. You can make this compote with bruised or partially over-ripe fruit—just make sure to trim off the icky parts. (Many farmers market vendors sell bruised fruit for half price—just ask, it’s there for this very purpose!)

I love this compote in the morning, on yogurt or hot cereal, at lunch or snack-time, with nut butters, at cocktail hour, with cheeses and on fancy toasts, and at dessert over ice cream or frozen yogurt.

A jar will stay fresh about a month in the fridge. If you want to extend the shelf-life of the compote, use jars that seal for canning and submerge them upright in a boiling water bath for about 10 minutes. Leave them to sit, untouched, for the next 24 hours. If the lid doesn’t move up and down when you place pressure on it, they’re properly sealed and preserved.

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium to large ripe stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums), about 3 cups sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash fruit and trim off any sections that are bruised or bad. Pit and slice.

  2. Place all ingredients in a non-reactive (stainless steel, ceramic, or glass) sauce pan, cover, and bring to a boil (5-7 minutes). Lower heat until fruit is just at a simmer, and cook another 10 minutes, until fruit begins to decompose and juice begins to thicken.

  3.  Remove from heat, transfer to glass jars, and let cool.

  4. Serve with cheeses, nut butters, on buttered toast, or with yogurt, oatmeal, and other breakfast treats!

Nutritional Information

Calories
133
Total Fat
0g
Saturated Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
197mg
Carbohydrates
34g
Dietary Fiber
2g
Sugars
30g
Protein
1g
YIELD:

3 servings