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65% whole fruit
Made in New Zealand
Refrigerate after opening and use within 14 days.
tips & ideas -
pour over or swirl through ice-cream or frozen yoghurt
a filling for fruit pies, muffins and cakes
use as a topping for pavlova and cheesecakes
dollop on your morning porridge, cereal or bircher muesli
drizzle over a slice of warm cake, with a spoonful of greek yoghurt
layer with smashed meringues and whipped cream in a parfait glass
pile on a stack of pancakes or use as a delicious filling for crepes
serve alongside meats or poultry
use as a glaze for ribs
as a condiment on a cheese platter
Having tried one of the compotes in the new range from Barker's, I was keen to try this one too but with a new group of people. In the course of my work I often eat with different groups, and sometimes we eat at one of their homes. This is always a good opportunity to do a test-run with a new review product. And people love it when I take over their kitchen so they can sit back!
My testers for the compote were three friends - two retired and one working as a freelance writer. They are all addicted to cherries so were excited that this was going to be one of the main ingredients. The packs contain generous amounts of the mixture, so we divided the contents into three with the idea of having one small main and two smallish desserts.
The first test was as a side garnish with pork chops (where we would normally serve apple sauce). The pork chops were prepared in a slow cooker so they would be tender and juicy. I served them with plain mashed potatoes and asparagus. That was a popular combination, especially for one of my retirees who has false teeth and prefers soft food. He was enthusiastic about the dish and wanted a second helping, but as we were going to try out some other possibilities for dessert, he was not allowed to take more.
Our second dish was as a spread on a sponge sandwich, again with a little cream. We spread the compote quite thinly and found it was strong enough like that; too much might have oozed through. I was bossy and would not allow anyone to have a big slice because I wanted them to have room for a third test dish. Mr False Teeth said he would manage both, but I said he could have seconds after I had finished the test run so he had to be content with that.
Our last trial dish featured rice pudding as a base, with the compote squeezed on top, and a dollop of cream to finish it off. Mr False Teeth's sister, the other retiree, said it was nice but not quite sweet enough for her. That was interesting as the writer and I thought it was very sweet indeed. However, the cherry flavour is quite strong, so that might mask the sweetness somewhat.
Everyone approved of the long fridge life (14 days after opening), the easy-pour nozzle, and the rich colour of the fruit. They could think of lots of other ways they could use it, commenting on the nice big chunks of cherry - even a couple of whole ones - and the little pieces of apple, and saying it would even be nice served in a fruit salad or an apple crumble to enhance the apple flavour. The possibilities are endless.
I always look forward to the Summer months when fresh cherries are available in store and as it's not quite Summer yet (although the weather from the past few days may suggest otherwise) when I saw this delicious sounding fruit compote up for review I was very excited to try it after all how could you go wrong with a combination that consists of black cherry and vanilla with apples?
The packaging which Barkers have used for this product is brilliant, a strong clastic bag like pouch which has a cap that unscrews at one corner so that you can easily squeeze/pour out just the right ammount of compote that you need, the size of the spout is quite large and makes for easy use. I also absolutely love that the packaging has a clear see-through window on the front so that you can see how the product actually looks and when you are nearly out of this delightful treat. As per usual Barkers have done a outstanding job with the presentation of the packaging with images which truly reflect the contents and of course there's a great use of suggestions for use. Of course a taste test was compulsary so this is exactly what I did and I was most impressed there were lovely soft chunks of apple and cherry throughout in what I would describe as a very tasty thick sauce, which had a distinct hint of vanilla it was lovely and the flavours were all then and went so well together.
The first time I used this I decided to use it to create some black forest inspired pancakes. I made up some chocolate pancakes and then layered them on a plate with some whipped cream and strawberries, I then finished them off with a scoop each of chgocolate and vanilla ice creams, some whipped cream, chocolate sauce and lastly some of the black cherry & vanilla with apple fruit compote. The combination of the fruit compote with the chocolate was an absolute winner it tasted absolutely divine and the whole family loved it. The compote was full of flavour and I loved that it was the perfect fruity flavour I was after for this dish.
Next up I decided to use it to decorate some vanilla cupcakes with, rather than using it straight from the pack I decided to use it to add a fruity flavour to some icing. I took out 3 spoonfuls of the compote from the pack and blended them in the blender until the compote was of a smooth consistency, due to the soft consistency of the fruit this didn't take long at all. I mixed the compote into some icing sugar with butter and the colour of the icing looked absolutely amazing on the cupcakes, it tasted even better, the sweetness of the icing sugar and the fruity tart taste of the cherries and apples really worked. My partner asked how I had made the icing as he thought it tasted really good and not as sweet as it normally is.
Goodness me Barkers you have done it again, what a delicious fruit compote full of flavour and with so many different uses I can't wait to try out some more recipes using this and other variants of your fruit compotes.
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