This compote is lightly sweet and such a breeze to make. It's perfect when spooned over creamy vanilla ice cream, over warm pancakes, or mixed into some fresh plain yogurt.
So I could call this a "Valentine’s Day Dessert Post" and that’d be cool. Only, I think you can make this 24/7/365 and it’d be just as appropriate.
If you want to make this for Valentine’s Day, go for it. It really is a perfect Valentine's Day dessert. But who’s gonna to be like, “Oh, I can’t make this any other day because it’s a Valentine’s Day recipe"? Obviously no one, right? I'd hope.
So as a blogger, I think we should have a bit more confidence in our readers’ judgments. Obviously, if dessert was dipped in chocolate AND in the shape of a heart, it’d be more specific to this holiday. But make this for V-Day or make it whenever. Or not at all. Let’s just be real about it and call it what it actually is---a simple dessert that tastes really good, Valentine's Day or not. Same goes for "Superbowl Recipes" and "4th of July Recipes" too.
Or perhaps people are just being nice and festive. And perhaps I’m the only one making a non-heart-shaped kind of dessert and calling it (but more like not calling it) a Valentine’s Day Dessert. I might be the problem then AND I'm pretty sure this makes no sense at all.
But, a blog is supposed to be a space to expose your random and not so random thoughts, right? Then please forgive the more random nature of my thoughts today, even if they did make absolutely zero sense. Especially because they made absolutely zero sense. Luckily, now those random thoughts are gone
forever on the internet.
And with that, Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!
[Now buckle up and get ready for a super natural segue that’s about to happen]
You know what’s not a completely random thought? This strawberry mango compote over vanilla ice cream! It’s not random at all!
For reals though, this is the simplest dessert you could ever make, aside from cutting up some fruit and plopping it on the table. But in that case, you’re not really making anything, right? So then yeah, this is literally the simplest dessert you could ever make. And it’s crazy delicious too.
Also, I happen to love cut up fresh fruit that's plopped on the table. It's one of my favorites.
Regardless, for this compote you can use whatever fruit you love, whatever looks fresh, whatever sounds good. There are only a couple of ingredients: some fruit and a spoonful of sugar. And HERE. WE. GO!
Cue Mary Poppins!!
spoonful of sugar helps the…! OK!! Sorry. sorry.
I really can’t help it. I love her but yeah, this blog might as well be called Honest & Tasty & Mary. I’ve mentioned her enough over the last 6 months or so of blogging. It's just that she's “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.”
K, it’s out of my system now.
So, if you ever have some leftover fruit, and I’m sure you do because fruit is easily abandoned and quickly goes bad---even in my home and I’m a fruit monster---then go ahead and take a few minutes to make this delicious treat. The compote freezes great too!
And now that you’ve had enough randomness from me for a month, I’ll leave you to the recipe. Force yourself to come back next time when I just might try and keep it "normal".
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Strawberry Mango Compote Over Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 Mango
- 1 cup Strawberries
- 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
- Cut mango into bite-sized pieces with skin removed (technique shown in video).
- Remove stem portion of strawberries and slice strawberries in half.
- Add the fruit into a saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of sugar and ⅓ cup of water.
- Place pan on medium heat and stir occasionally.
- After about 5-10 minutes the fruit will have softened and liquid should be pinkish in color. This is when you remove the pan from the heat and serve over ice cream or whatever else you like. Enjoy!