Has breakfast become a bit boring? I hear you; the same-old-same-old stuff day-after-day-after-day? It might be time to shake it up a little and try something fun and new ........... something quite respectably, "legal" too (since many of us are trying to eat a bit leaner and healthier as the new year continues to roll out).
We love this wonderful Warm Mixed Berry Compote with Greek Yogurt in the morning. It's super easy to put together, can be made ahead and makes breakfast something to look forward to.
Made from fresh orange juice, frozen berries, honey, sugar, a splash of orange liqueur, orange zest and fresh thyme, this compote is sweet, fresh ............ and has vibrantly beautiful color too. It's a delightful way to start the day, transforming plain old Greek yogurt into something to behold ............... try it, you'll see just what I mean!
The best part about this compote is that you can make it ahead, store it in the fridge and have a fabulous breakfast all week with minimal effort! That also makes it perfect for breakfasts and brunches with friends ................ oh, and it looks gorgeous served in a pretty bowl on the buffet.
P.S. I love to serve this lovely compote with yogurt but it's also wonderful as a topping for pancakes, waffles, crepes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, cheesecake and ................ well, I'll let you create your own fun ways to use it, but me? I like to eat it right from the bowl, on it's own!
Oh, and one last thing - although this Warm Mixed Berry Compote includes honey and sugar for sweetening, it's mostly made up of fruit and juice. It makes a large batch, so the amount of sweetening per serving is fairly low. We like to eat it spooned over 0% fat Greek yogurt which has 18g of protein and only 100 calories for a 6 ounce serving (Chobani brand). This kind of breakfast is not only fabulously delicious, but the protein will keep you satisfied for hours!
- 2 cups fresh orange juice
- 4 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier* or other orange liquer
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup sugar
- 6 cups frozen mixed berries*
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- zest of 1 orange
- sea salt a pinch
- Greek yogurt
- fresh fruit for garnish if desired
Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of the orange juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
Combine remaining orange juice, Grand Marnier, honey and sugar in a medium-size sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a constant simmer and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Add frozen berries and return to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring continuously until compote is thick and glossy 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh thyme orange zest and a pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine. Taste and add a bit more honey, if needed. The amount of honey will depend on your taste and the sweetness of your orange juice. Let cool a bit, but serve while still warm over Greek yogurt***. This compote keeps well for at least a week in the refrigerator and also freezes well. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.
For the garnish pictured, I just cut skewers to fit my glasses, then threaded them with fresh fruit and added a sprig of thyme.
* ~ Grand Marnier can be omitted if you prefer to cook sans alcohol. The sauce will still be wonderful!
** ~ I used a frozen, pre-packaged mix with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Use any of these frozen berries that you prefer in any ratio.
*** ~ This is also wonderful over ice cream, frozen yogurt, pancakes, waffles, French toast, crepes, cheesecake, panna cotta, etc.
Sandra Garth says
This is an elegant way to start your day.
I can have this for breakfast lunch dinner....for snacking...for dessert! Loving every bit of it!
Dear Chris, This looks so elegant and delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo
- spoonstories- says
Beautiful dessert!! I will try it in my next party^^
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
Chris, your berry compote spiked with a touch of Grand Marnier totally speaks to me! I'm absolutely nutty about berries (as evidenced by my blog last summer). You are right...this recipe would make getting out of bed for a special breakfast something to look forward to. Thank you for sharing. Pinning!
This hits the spot since of course we are all trying to shed those holiday pounds away. Beautiful photos of these berries too!
Berry and Greek yogurt what a combination! Looks beautiful Chris 🙂
Such a delicious and beautiful dessert!Wonderful pics as always,dear!
Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon says
This looks absolutely gorgeous. I don't drink, but I seem to acquiring a cabinet of booze. Apparently I am getting it in my food. 🙂 Grand Marnier is pretty delicious in a recipe.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Your compote is such a brilliant color, a perfect way to enjoy berries!
It looks beautiful and delicious.
Gloria Baker says
These are the most beautiful Berry dessert I seen the last times, I love greek yogurt!! xxx
Sophia Del Gigante says
This looks soooo good and putting it with Greek Yogurt is a GREAT healthy treat! Like the preflavored yogurt but MUCH better and and Gran Marnier no less! Love it!
Denise Browning@From Brazil To You says
What a gorgeous, healthy treat for parties and also to satisfy one's sweet tooth... I love the pics, Chris!
Vicki Bensinger says
This is beautiful Chris and would be perfect for breakfast, brunch or even a snack. Great ideas for using the sauce
Kitchen Riffs says
Wow, what a gorgeous looking dish! Love the garnish. This is wonderful - thanks so much.
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
As soon as Bubba arrives and I can eat yoghurt again I am whipping up some of this Chris. It looks like a decadent dessert! It will be so easy to have in the fridge for quick breakfasts.
Kim G. says
Fruit compote.... I always have some in my refrigerator. I love it with yogurt for a snack! Love yours:)
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Oh Chris! This is a breakfast I could eat non-stop! I love berry compote and I love you added Grand Marnier! Perfect recipes!!! Oh and one last thing I love the little blueberries and blackberries on the toothpick! So cute!
Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud says
Gorgeous and a fun way to start the day:@)
Chris, it looks so delicious!
Angie Schneider says
A lovely dessert, Chris. I have only made apple/compote before...the mixed berried look so much better.
Kim - Liv Life says
I adore berries!! and I can't tell you how excited I am to see them start hitting our local farmer's markets. And... you have my beloved Grand Marnier!! Now that is a treat for breakfast. Loving this recipe!!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
This would be a perfect breakfast treat to serve all our house guests that we get at our cottage in Maine during the summer…I know they would all love it. I can make a bowl the night before and as they get up the next morning they can help themselves.