I’ve recently fallen in love with breakfast. Yep. There I said it. Never did I once think I’d be getting over-excited at the thought of having something other than a pan aux chocolat for breakfast. Although typing that out made me crave one, I’ll be honest.
What’s changed, is the fun behind it. I’ve started to make up my own recipes for smoothie bowls, overnight oats and soon, acai bowls. They keep me full right up until lunchtime and vary from a refreshing first meal of the day to one that warms you up in bed. I have so many recipes coming your way this summer, they’re currently situated on some notepad paper under a magnet on the fridge.
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To start my journey of sharing recipes with you all, I’m going to start super super easy. A breakfast topper. These are perfect for wanting to add something different to your bowl in the morning, and fast! You can add them to yoghurt, granola, oats, smoothies…PANCAKES! Whatever you fancy.
This is the Apple & Pear Compote topper with nothing but a cheeky teaspoon of sugar added to keep me happy. Think of it as the fruit bit of an apple crumble (sadly without the crumble). It took me no time at all to whip this up, and actually there wasn’t much ‘whipping’ to it. The beauty of a ‘compote’ – fancy word for smooshed up, hot fruit – is you just leave it for a while with the odd bit of attention. Bit like a grumpy old cat.
1 Jar Full
2 Bramley Apples
Pinch of Cinnamon
Tsp Vanilla Extract (or 2 vanilla pods if you’re rich unlike me)
Peel & chop the apples & pears into random chunks. Chuck in a pan.
Juice the orange into the pan.
Add a pinch of cinnamon, tsp vanilla extract or pods & tsp of sugar.
Leave to ‘stew’/simmer for 40 minutes!
The beauty of this, is you could either take it off the heat so it has that apple crumble vibe – little big lumpy – or keep it on the heat to make it into a fruit jam or ‘fruit butter’. With a few mashes of a fork to help the fruit break down, apple and pear jam has been made! VOILA! You can spread that on crumpets, toast, hot cross buns etc.
I took mine off the heat so it still had a bit of texture to it and added it to my warm oats in the morning. With a sprinkle of granola ontop, it’s literally apple crumble for breakfast. Just healthy. WOO!
I store this in a jar in my fridge, basically treat it like jam, and scoop a bit out every morning I fancy it or even for a snack with some yoghurt. Super cheap & cheerful too! What do you think?! Little nervous posting my first breakfast recipe. Hope you like! I really wanna try this on some vanilla protein pancakes soon…
Would you be giving this a go to spice up your breakfasts?