Apricots and cherries ripen about the same time so pairing them in this fresh, citrusy compote makes perfect sense. Enjoy over ice cream, yogurt or some fresh ricotta cheese.

Apricot and Cherry Compote Over Vanilla Ice Cream

Apricots and cherries ripen about the same time so pairing them in this fresh, citrusy compote makes perfect sense. Enjoy over ice cream, yogurt or some fresh ricotta cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 3 wide strips orange zest
  • 3 wide strips lemon zest
  • 6 fresh apricots
  • 1 pound sweet cherries
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh mint leaves

Directions

Place the sugar, water, bay leaves and zest in a medium saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat without stirring. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the apricots and cherries in a glass bowl. Toss with the lemon juice. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil again and pour over the fruits, tossing gently to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

To serve, spoon over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, garnish with a mint leaf and serve with a sugar cookie.

Makes 4 to 6 servings