brandy compote

Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests.  On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues.  A sensational dessert is made within seconds.  Warning: this compote is very addictive!


1 cup dried apricots

1 cup pitted prunes

1 cup large raisins

1 cup sultanas

420g can sliced peaches

430g can pineapple pieces

425g can pitted cherries

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brandy

juice of one orange


Cut the apricots in half, place in a saucepan with the prunes, raisins, sultanas. Drain the juice from the canned fruit into the pan, add the sugar and stir well.  Bring to a boil and simmer very gently for 5 minutes.  Add the canned peaches, pineapple and cherries.  Mix gently, pour in the brandy and orange juice and mix well.  Pour into a large clipped jar and ensure all the fruit are covered with liquid.  More liquor may-be added if necessary.  Serve with meringues and thickened cream.