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Honey-Thyme Fruit Compote with Blue Cheese Crostini

Honey-Thyme Fruit Compote with Blue Cheese Crostini

This luscious compote is quick to put together and makes any cheese plate holiday-worthy. Try it with a soft, creamy blue cheese, goat cheese, or even a nutty English cheddar.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes, plus time to cool
  • Yield: About 3 cups of compote

Ingredients

  • One 7-ounce package of dried mixed fruits, cut into small dice
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup golden honey
  • Blue cheese, goat cheese, or cheddar, for serving
  • French bread crostini, for serving

Directions

  • Combine the fruit, wine, water, sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper in a medium heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Continue to cook at a vigorous simmer until the fruit softens and the syrup is thick and glossy, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the honey and set aside to cool to room temperature before serving.

    Compote may be made up to a month in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve. Return to room temperature before serving.

     

    When you are ready to serve, spread the cheese on the crostini and top with a small dollop of the fruit and syrup. Garnish with a few thyme leaves if desired.