Orange and cranberry make such a wonderful flavor combination, from the sweetness of orange to the tartness of cranberry. The extra special sweetness of the Sumo Citrus Mandarins takes this compote to the next level. This dish is a great go-to no matter what the season, as it has a fresh yet cozy feel. Plus, this compote is super simple to make! You may want to double the recipe, as it is so irresistible and won’t last long.
This compote can be served in a variety of sweet and savory ways. It’s so delicious as a topping here with toasted multi-grain ciabatta and dairy free cream cheese for a sweet-savory combination. You can use your favorite bread or cracker for this recipe, and the cream cheese adds a perfect savory balance for the sweetness of the compote. Feel free to top these toasts with fresh herbs like thinly sliced fresh basil or thyme leaves for an additional savory boost. For a flavorful twist on dessert, you can use this compote as a topping for pound cake or loaf, or as a vibrant topping for ice cream.
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
2 tbsp organic pure cane sugar
1 tbsp agave nectar
3 Sumo Citrus Mandarins
6 to 8 slices thick-cut ciabatta or country bread
¼ cup dairy free cream cheese
In a medium saucepan, add cranberries, organic cane sugar, and agave nectar, over medium heat. Stir well and bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 8 to 10 min, stirring occasionally, as juices are released and all but 2 to 3 tbsp of liquid has evaporated.
While cranberries are cooking, zest Sumo Citrus Mandarins and reserve zest for serving. Cut off ends of Sumo Citrus Mandarins. With a flat side down, cut along the peel to remove peel and pith so that the orange flesh is exposed. Then cut orange segments from between each membrane. Add segments into pan, stir, and remove pan from heat to let cool completely.
As mixture cools, toast bread slices under broiler until crisp, or in a toaster. Spread dairy free cream cheese on slices. When orange cranberry mixture has cooled, it is ready to serve. Top toasts with mixture, using a slotted spoon if preferred to avoid too much liquid. Top with zest.