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Curried Fruit Compote

on April 22, 2016

Today I just have to share a really funny story that my husband tells about Grandma and her sisters. We were at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in town for a family gathering when my husband happened to find himself, for some strange reason, alone in the kitchen with Grandma and her sisters. They were cleaning up after dinner and doing the dishes, and they started talking about an incident where the youngest sister threw a tantrum somewhere in public, possibly at church when she was about 4 years old. These sisters were all 70 years old and up at the time they were in the kitchen talking about this incident, and they still made the youngest sister cry. Grandma said, “I was never so embarrassed!” They were all giving the youngest a hard time about it, and this incident happened 60-some years earlier! My husband says he would swear that if he didn’t know better, he could have looked up and there would have been 4 little girls standing there bickering as if it had happened last week. Some things never change. I might have shared this one before, but in this photo, that little doll sitting on the table is that youngest sister! What a sweetie pie! Grandma is the one on the left with a big bow.

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I’m sure she’s making sure little sister’s doing just exactly what she’s supposed to be doing, like sitting still! I love this photo of these four siblings so much – it’s just beautiful!

This recipe comes from that youngest sister. I absolutely love the complexity and simplicity of this Curried Fruit Compote. My first thought – this will be great for entertaining. It’s so simple and so quick to put together and yet so elegant. You really can have the ingredients on hand for last-minute guests.

Curried Fruit Compote

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Here is the recipe as I made it:

Curried Fruit Compote

Arrange in 1 to 1 1/2 quart microwave safe dish:

16 ounce can sliced peaches, drained

13 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained

16 ounce can sliced pears, drained

11 ounce mandarin oranges, drained

Melt in microwave safe measuring cup:

1/4 cup margarine (I used butter)

Stir in:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Spoon over fruit.

Cover and chill overnight (I let it sit for about 3 hours and it was great).

Dot with maraschino cherries.

Microwave on high 6-8 minutes.

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The cans are different sizes now, but you can get close. I also like to use the fruit in its own juice, not with the sugar syrup. Grandma also never would have thrown away the juice. She’d save it and use it for something. I’d use it for cocktails, but that’s just me.

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It’s a pretty combination.

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It works well to melt the butter in a measuring cup – it’s easy to spoon and pour over the fruit.

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The cherries add the perfect touch!

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I decided to spoon this over ice cream, but it would be good over pudding or pound cake or even plain. It should be eaten warm – the butter tends to solidify again when it cools down.

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See how pretty and elegant?!! It’s so fast and so good, and the curry powder along with the fruit is such an interesting and warming flavor. Make this for your siblings and talk about old times. Maybe they’ll bring up that time when you embarrassed them to no end. Some things never change!

 

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