Gather yourself an array of summer fruits and make a delicious compote… I used plums, gooseberries and black currants. Buy what’s in season from the supermarket or pick fruit from your own garden. Simmer with a little water for about 5 minutes then add honey or sugar to taste. Leave to ‘stew’ (not on the heat) overnight and then bottle and keep in the fridge.
You can use your compote in many ways – spoon over Greek yogurt, onto your breakfast muesli or over vanilla ice-cream. Drain off the solids off and use in a crumble or fruit pie saving the liquid to make a drink with sparkling water or prosecco! I made ‘crumble picnic bars’ using a simple crumble recipe and pressing it into the base of a small square tin, then adding a layer of the solid fruit and finally topping with a sprinkling more of the crumble. Mmm delicious – I’m hoping to make another batch and keep them in the freezer for when summer seems like a distant memory.