Winter Fruit Compote

Winter Fruit Compote Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen
To avoid any leftover Champagne, buy a split (187 milliliter) of Champagne for this recipe.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes
Other Time: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes


1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
2 Ruby Red grapefruits, peeled and sectioned
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
Garnish: maraschino cherries with stems


1. Cook sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, tilting pan occasionally, 10 minutes or until caramel colored. Remove from heat, and gradually pour Champagne over sugar (mixture will bubble and seize). Let stand 5 minutes.

2. Cook mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until sugar is dissolved (mixture will be syrupy). Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes.

3. Combine grapefruit and orange sections in a bowl. Pour Champagne mixture over fruit. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired.

White Grape Winter Fruit Compote: Substitute white grape juice for Champagne. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Lyda Burnette,

Southern Living

November 2008
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