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Looking for a quick and easy peach dessert? Try Peach Compote! This recipe is made with fresh (or frozen) peaches, sugar, and lemon juice, ready in just 15 minutes. Serve this homemade peach sauce on French toast, cake, ice cream, pancakes, or anything else that could use some fruity flavor!
Made with only 3 ingredients, this peach compote recipe is a quick and easy dessert. It’s one of my favorite summer recipe recipes along with Raspberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Icebox Cake, and Mochi Ice Cream.
This recipe is very versatile and you can swap berries and other fruits like apples, mangos, plums, or cherries for peaches.
Ingredients in Peach Compote
- Peaches – select fresh peaches that’re sweet and ripe. I like yellow-fleshed peaches as it will give your compote a stunning golden color. You can also use white peaches, frozen peaches, or canned peaches.
- Sugar – this is important for the compote to set. The amount of sugar is key! I used regular granulated sugar for this recipe, but feel free to use maple syrup or honey for naturally sweetened compote.
- Lemon – it adds brightness and freshness to the compote. Don’t skip it!
How to Make Peach Compote
1. Rinse the peaches and remove the seeds. Dice them into small cubes.
2. Juice the lemon.
3. Add the diced peach, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to medium heat.
4. Once bubbling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for about 10 minutes. Stir from time to time.
5. Remove from heat when the mixture thickens. Transfer it to a clean jar.
6. You can serve the warm compote with French toast, waffles, and pancakes. Or cold compote with ice cream, yogurt, sundaes, or oatmeal. Let it cool thoroughly before storing in the fridge.
Pro Tips for the Best Peach Compote
- Choose ripe peaches as they’re sweeter and take less time to cook. Yellow peaches will give you a better color than white peaches.
- Taste your compote before finish cooking, and gradually add more sugar if necessary.
- Note that your peach compote will thicken more as it cools.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Compote and What’s the Difference Between Compote and Jam?
Compote is a fruit sauce dessert from medieval Europe, and is made of whole or dices of fruit in sugary syrup. Besides peaches, you can also use other fruit like strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, apples, cherries, or the combination of different fruits.
Jam is made from chopped or pureed fruit and cooked down with sugar, so compote is not as thick as jam. It’s also meant to be consumed soon after making (up to about 2 weeks in the fridge), not to be preserved for months like jam.
What is Peach Compote Used For?
Like other fruit compote, peach compote can be served warm or chilled over many delicious dishes:
How Long Will Peach Compote Last?
Store it in an airtight container and it’ll last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. To keep your peach compote for longer, you can freeze them in small plastic containers. Defrost only as much as you need.
How to Thicken Compote?
If your peaches are very juicy, and you’d like to thicken your compote faster, you can whisk together cornstarch and water (1 tablespoon each) until smooth, then add it to the saucepan. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it gets thicker. Note that the compote will thicken further as it cools.
Can I Make Compote with Frozen or Canned Peach?
Yes! Frozen and canned peach are actually great time-saving options as they don’t require any advance preparation like peeling and slicing. You don’t need to defrost the frozen peach ahead of the time. Simply add them to the pot and the mixture will take slightly longer to come to a boil.
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I hope you like this recipe, and if you tried it, let me know how your peach compote turns out in the comments below!
Peach Compote Recipe (+VIDEO)
- 1 pound fresh or frozen peaches
- 2 tablespoons sugar (you can add more if you prefer a sweeter compote)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (it’s best to use the juice from the fresh lemon)
- Rinse the peaches and remove the seeds. Dice them into smaller pieces.
- Juice the lemon.
- Add the diced peach, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring to medium heat.
- Once bubbling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for about 10 minutes. Stir from time to time. (Taste your compote and gradually add more sugar if necessary.)
- Remove from heat when the mixture thickens. Transfer it to a clean jar. (If you want to thicken the mixture faster, mix together 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp of water, and add the slurry to the mixture.)
- You can serve the warm compote with French toast, waffles, and pancakes. Or cold compote with ice cream, yogurt, sundaes, or oatmeal. Let it cool thoroughly before storing in the fridge.
- Choose ripe peaches (but not over-ripe) as they’re sweeter and takes less time to cook. Yellow peaches will give you a better color than white peaches.