Mixed Berry Compote using frozen berries

January 28, 2022Sew White

This rich and juicy mixed berry compote is so easy to make and is perfect as a topping for pancakes, porridge and even as a filling for cakes. One of the best uses for this recipe is as a frozen berry compote for cheesecake. The mix of the cream cheese of a cheesecake and the slightly sharp juicy berries is fantastic. You can use fresh or frozen mixed berries for this easy compote recipe.

What I love so much about this recipe is how juicy it is. It’s messy and fruity and works so well for a host of different recipes. I love it on pancakes for a tasty weekend brunch. I like adding a mixed berry compote to cheesecakes too.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • You can’t beat this as a fresh and juicy frozen berry compote for pancakes. The sweet berries with the hint of lemon zest is delicious against pancakes or on a fresh cheesecake.
  • You can freeze this mixed berry compote to use later too!

Top Questions

Can fruit compote be frozen?
What’s the difference between coulis and compote?
What can you do with compote?
How do you store compote?

Ingredients

MIXED BERRIES

You can use frozen or fresh mixed berries for this recipe. The mix berries I used was made up of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blueberries and blackcurrants.

LEMON

The lemon zest and juice is not only added for flavour but also to help the mixed berries to turn more jammy. The lemon juice causes a reaction with the pectin which starts the fruit setting. If you wanted to make jam you would leave it bubbling a little more (you would also need a lot more sugar). A little lemon juice in this recipe really makes the finished compote really delicious.

SUGAR

As the fruit has fructose already it is a little sweet. As the mix of frozen berries, I had some blackcurrants and red currants which can be a bit sour, so I wanted to add some sugar. It also helps the overall sweetness be at that great level of sweet and bitter.

How to make mixed berry compote – step by step

frozen red berries in a saucepan

In a saucepan add the frozen mixed berries. Break them up if they are frozen together. You can also use a mix of fresh berries.

red berries with caster sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan

Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and the caster or granulated sugar.

glossy red fruit compote made from frozen fruit

Place the saucepan on a medium-low heat and allow the frozen fruit to defrost and soften with the sugar and lemon.

mixed berry compote turning into jam in a saucepan

Stir regularly and after 5 minutes it should have softened and started to thicken. Remove from the heat and serve straight away when it’s hot with pancakes, allow to cool for a cheesecake or add it to a sterilised jar to use later.

Top Tips

A quick zest of lemon adds a wonderfully sharp hint to this mixed berry compote.

Freeze this easy frozen berry compote to use later, place in a freezer safe container or bag and it will keep for a few months. Just defrost and use as you would if it were a fresh mixed berry compote.

I prefer to add it to a steralised hot jar so I can store it for a few months – it never lasts that long but it’s good to know it’s there for a quick porridge or pancake breakfast.

a red jar of mixed berry compote with a spoon balanced on top

Serving Suggestions

Mixed berry compote for cheesecake

Fresh fruit coulis makes for a perfect cheesecake topper, the sharpness mixed with the sweet flavour of the cheesecake is excellent and makes for a truly elegant dessert. Serve with a tall glass of prosecco.

Frozen berry compote for pancakes

Is your weekend really complete without pancakes? And if you fancy something fresher than bacon and maple syrup than this frozen berry is the answer! You can also swap out the berries for your favourite seasonal fruits.

Mixed berry compote for cake

Tired of jam on your Victoria sponge? Use this easy compote recipe to mix it up! Replace your jam with this easy fruit compote for an elevated afternoon tea sponge.

Equipment

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  • large saucepan
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • Grater
  • jam jar (approximately 270 ml/ 9 oz) Sanitised by pouring in boiling water and leaving it upside down to drain.

Storing / Making ahead of time options

The thing I love about fruit compotes is that they can be kept for a long time! Once they are in the sterilized jar it can last for weeks in the fridge.

Substitutions and variations

For this recipe, I used lemon zest but for a different flavour, you could use orange or a lime.

For a truly extravagant version, add some chocolate chips once the mixture has cooled. Dark chocolate pairs perfectly with these berry flavours.

If you are using this recipe as mixed berry compote for cheesecake then I would recommend adding a flavour from the cheesecake into the compote too. For example if you are adding vanilla extract to the cheesecake you can add a little into the compote too.

mixed berry compote smeared over a stack of buttermilk pancakes

FAQS for a mixed berry compote

Can fruit coulis be frozen?

Yes! Once it has cooled down place it in freezer – suitable container and freeze!

What’s the difference between coulis and compote?

The two are similar and made from the same ingredients. A berry compote is fresh or frozen fruit that has been slowly cooked with sugar and lemon. However, a fruit coulis is just a fruit compote which is pureed and strained fruit. I prefer a compote!

What can you do with coulis?

There are so many options with what you can do with coulis or compote! This mixed berry compote pairs best with pancakes. However you can also have it with cheesecake, drizzled over a hot dark chocolate brownie or even as a healthy topping for porridge.

How do you store coulis?

In a sterilized jar, you can keep the fruit compote in the fridge for a few weeks.

If you want, you can even freeze the mixed berry compote for later.

If you only want it for the next day or just until it goes cool for example as amixed berry compote for cheesecake, then you can let it cool in a bowl and then cover with cling film or a lid until it’s needed.

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Recipe

Mixed Berry Compote with frozen berries

Sisley White
This rich and juicy mixed berry compote is so easy to make and is perfect as a topping for pancakes, porridge and even as a filling for cakes. One of the best uses for this recipe is as a frozen berry compote for cheesecake. The mix of the cream cheese of a cheesecake and the slightly sharp juicy berries is fantastic. You can use fresh or frozen mixed berries for this easy compote recipe.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Brunch, Cakes, Dessert, Preserves
Cuisine International
Calories 426 kcal

Equipment

  • large saucepan
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • Grater
  • jam jar (approximately 270 ml/ 9 oz)

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g frozen mixed berries
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 lemon (zest of 1 lemon and juice of half a lemon)

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan add the 500g of frozen mixed berries.
  • Add the zest from 1 lemon, along with the juice from half the lemon and the 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Place the saucepan on a medium-low heat and allow the frozen fruit to defrost and soften with the sugar and lemon.
  • Stir regularly and after 5 minutes it should have softened and started to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat and serve straight away when it’s hot with pancakes, allow to cool for a cheesecake or add it to a sterilised jar to use later.

Notes

  • I use one lemon for this recipe. The zest of the whole thing and the juice from half.
  • Easily turn this compote recipe into the coulis recipe by putting the finished compote into a blender to make it smooth.
  • Frozen mixed berries or fresh berries work for this easy compote recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcalCarbohydrates: 107gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 420mgFiber: 17gSugar: 81gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword berry compote for cheesecake, compote for pancakes, frozen berries, frozen fruit, mixed berries, Mixed Berry Compote
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29 Comments

  • Beth Sachs

    January 28, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious on fluffy buttermilk pancakes! I love frozen berries!

    1. Sew White

      January 28, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      They are so useful and adaptable for recipes. I can’t believe it took me so long to put the recipe on the blog. I make it at least once a month.

  • Angela

    January 28, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe was a hit with our weekend pancake breakfast. The lemon was really great in it.

    1. Sew White

      February 1, 2022 at 1:10 pm

      I’m glad you liked my recipe. I really think the lemon adds something wonderful to the finished compote.

  • Jamie

    January 28, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    I love how convenient this is by using frozen berries! Tasted great on pancakes!

    1. Sew White

      February 1, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Emily Flint

    January 28, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! Now I can make berry compote all year long! Thank you.

    1. Sew White

      February 1, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Aww yay! That is so lovely to hear.

  • Beth

    January 28, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    5 stars
    The perfect sauce for French toast and ice cream. This is so versatile but I could totally eat it on a spoon!

    1. Sew White

      February 1, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      French toast and ice cream has my vote!

  • Lesley

    February 1, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    I love a homemade berry compote, this is such a simple recipe and it’s so versatile.

  • Choclette

    February 1, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Your mixed berry compote looks lush. Really want some on a pile of fluffy pancakes right now.

    1. Sew White

      February 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you! I love it. I can eat it by the spoonful.

  • Janice

    February 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    What a lovely simple recipe, perfect with pancakes.

    1. Sew White

      February 2, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you Janice. I love that you found it simple

  • Jo

    February 1, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    5 stars
    I use frozen berries for compote all the time – have no idea why more people don’t get in on this, so good! Love the addition of lemon. So pretty too. Thanks for posting.

    1. Sew White

      February 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      I think once they’re frozen they seem harder to use. I think they are absolutely brilliant.

  • Melissa Altman-Traub

    February 2, 2022 at 3:11 am

    5 stars
    Sisley, I have to thank you: I plan to make pancakes tomorrow and have frozen blueberries and strawberries, so this will be perfect!

    1. Sew White

      February 2, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      You are most welcome. Thank you so much!

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    February 4, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delicious way to add instant flavour to so many recipes. I love that you’ve used frozen fruit, so easy to keep and make this coulis whenever you want.

    1. Sew White

      February 7, 2022 at 10:16 am

      Thank you <3

  • Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    February 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! I love fruit compote and nearly always make it with frozen berries – so easy 😀

    1. Sew White

      February 9, 2022 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you Eb, I love it. I can eat it by the spoonful.

  • Chloe Feast Glorious Feast

    February 8, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    5 stars
    Oh hello – this is my favourite kind of mixed berries and compotes are always so useful!

    1. Sew White

      February 9, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      I agree so useful! Toppings for brunch, in a cake or just enjoy with a spoon.

  • Veronica

    February 9, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    5 stars
    That looks so good! I love the fact that it’s made with frozen berries too!

    1. Sew White

      February 9, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Anything to make making food easier has my vote.

  • Rebecca – Glutarama

    February 12, 2022 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    Excellent, simple recipe that can be used with pretty much any dessert. I’m going to make this to go with my gluten free pancakes this Shrove Tuesday.

    1. Sew White

      February 28, 2022 at 11:49 am

      That sounds delicious! Happy Pancake day!

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