With a lovely mango ripening on the counter and about half a clamshell of ripe local strawberries in my fridge, I used the internet to look for interesting ideas of ways to use them up. The result of my search was this compote, which combines the best elements of one of my favourite Tex-Mex themed drinks, the orange liqueur margarita, with the healthy and energizing characteristics of fresh fruits.
Compote served over drained plain yogurt
Strawberry-Mango Margarita Compote – serves 4
2 cup strawberries
2 cup mangoes
2 tbsp vanilla bean sugar
1 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tbsp tequila
1 1/2 tbsp orange liqueur (ie. triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
Place strawberries, mango, sugar, lime zest, lime juice, tequila and orange liqueur in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.
Let stand for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld.
If desired, serve in margarita glasses: rub the rims with additional lime juice and dip in sugar, then spoon in compote.
You can eat this compote on its own or use it to top cake or plain vanilla or fruit flavoured ice cream.
I happened to have some plain 2% yogurt in the fridge but I was afraid the compote would water down the yogurt too much so I drained it overnight. The resulting yogurt is thick and creamy … like the richest and most decadent whipped cream.
Yogurt, before (left) and after (right) being drained overnight in the fridge
Stirred yogurt ready to be topped with fruit compote