DIY Berry Compote

10 Min Active20 Min TotalMakes 2 cups
Is there anything berries can’t do? This technique makes a delicious compote with any combination of berries you have on hand and requires zero baking skills—all you’ll need is a pot, a handful of sugar and some berries. Spoon it onto ice cream, pancakes or toast and we guarantee you’ll be scraping the bottom of the jar in no time.


4 pints berries, hulled and rinsed (We used 3 pint of strawberries and 1 pint blueberries. Feel free to swap with your favorite berries!)

¼ to ½ cup sugar (adjust to taste)

1 lemon, zested

Ice cream, yogurt, ricotta, or toast

Step 1

Add berries, sugar and zest to a pot with about ½ cup of water and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. The berries should be brightly colored, fragrant and a bit falling apart. Let cool slightly and serve any way you like: over yogurt, ice cream, whipped ricotta, or on toast. Extra compote will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week.