Monday, February 23, 2015

Mango Banana Compote

Mango Banana Compote Recipe for Babies


Mango Banana Compote recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes


Ingredients: 

Makes five 3½-ounce (100 g) servings
- 2 ripe mangoes
- about 14 ounces (400 g) mango flesh
- 3 bananas


Instructions:

1. Cut off the sides of the mangoes along either side of the pit. With a small knife, remove the skin from both sides and cut the flesh into pieces. Trim the flesh from around the pit and remove the skin.

2. Remove the banana peels and slice the fruit into small rounds.

3. Put the mango pieces and bananas into a saucepan, cover the fruit halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. When done, about 3 tablespoons of liquid will remain.

4. Blend until you have a smooth compote.


key tips 

Frozen mango (available skinned and sliced) is often less expensive and more practical to use than fresh. Perfect for a compote!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Melon Compote Recipes

baby food recipes: melon compote

melon compote
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes


Ingredients: 

- Makes five 3½-ounce (100 g) servings
- 1 melon (cantaloupe or other varieties)
- about 1¹∕³ pounds (600 g)

Instructions:

1. Cut the melon in half, remove the seeds, then slice the halves into crescent moons. Cut away the rind, then slice the fruit into rectangular pieces.
 

2. Blend for a refreshing no-cook compote.
 

For a more intense flavor, roast the melon in the oven first. Doing so reduces the amount of water in the fruit and enhances its flavor. 
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Follow step 1 in the directions above.
3. Put the melon pieces, without the rind, in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
4. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
5. Remove the melon from the oven, let cool, and blend until you have a smooth compote.

key tips 

Try the roasted version using watermelon. Follow the recipe above, but double the quantity of fruit and make sure you remove all of the black seeds. For adults, this compote is an excellent dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chopped basil leaves.

Apricot Compote Recipes for Babies

Easy Apricot Compote Recipes

Easy Apricot Compote Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

- Makes five 3½-ounce (100 g) servings
- 15 apricots, about 1¹∕³ pounds (600 g)

Instructions:


1. Wash and peel the apricots, remove the seeds, then cut the flesh into pieces.
 

2. Put the apricots into a saucepan, cover the fruit halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook the apricots over medium heat for 15 minutes. When done, 3 or 4 tablespoons of liquid should remain.
 

3. Blend until you have a smooth compote.

key tips

Apricots go very well with vanilla. With a knife, open 1 vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape it to remove the seeds. Throw the seeds into the saucepan along with the open bean. Before blending, remove the bean. Another option: Add 2 basil leaves before blending. Try this variation for yourself as an accompaniment to grilled meat or served with goat cheese.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pear Compote For Babies

Easy Pear Compote

Pear Compote For Babies
Prep Time: 7 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 


- 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup of sugar

Instructions:


1. Wash and peel the pears, remove the cores and any spare seeds, then cut the fruit into cubes.
 

2. Put the pears into a saucepan, cover the fruit halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 15 minutes. When done, 3 or 4 tablespoons of liquid should remain.
 

3. Make sure the pears are well cooked before blending them to obtain a smooth compote.
 

key tips 
This purée tastes even better if you add a vanilla bean while the pears are cooking. With a knife, open 1 vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape it to remove the seeds. Throw the seeds into the saucepan along with the open bean. Before blending, remove the bean. For a caramelized flavor for babies twelve months and up, add 4 tablespoons of honey 2 or 3 minutes before removing the pears from the heat. Stir the honey well once added so it doesn’t stick to the saucepan. Blend as described above.

Easy Apple Compote

Apple Compote for Baby

Easy Apple Compote
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

- Makes five 3½-ounce (100 g) servings
- 5 to 6 sweet apples (McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Fuji), about 1¹∕³ pounds (600 g)


Instructions:


1. Wash and peel the apples, remove the cores and any spare seeds, then cut the fruit into cubes. 


2. Put the apples into a saucepan, cover the fruit halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 15 minutes. When done, 3 or 4 tablespoons of liquid should remain. 
3. Make sure the apples are well cooked before blending them to obtain a smooth compote.

Key Tips: To change things up, you can add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to the apples while they’re cooking. My children also love when I add bananas to the apples in this recipe. To do this, replace 2 apples with 2 peeled bananas. Cut the bananas into small slices. Follow the same cooking guidelines and blend. Delicious!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Easy Peach Compote

Peach Compote for Baby

Peach Compote for Baby
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 
- Makes five 3½-ounce (100 g) servings
- 12 yellow peaches, about 1¹∕³ pounds (600 g)


Instructions:

1. Wash the peaches, remove the pits, and slice the fruit. 

2. Put the peaches into a saucepan, cover the fruit one third of the way with water, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. When done, 3 to 4 tablespoons of liquid should remain. 
3. Blend to obtain a smooth compote. 

tips :
You can add 1 or 2 fresh mint leaves to the compote when it’s finished cooking. Peaches render a lot of water. If there’s too much liquid left in the saucepan, set it aside. It makes a sweet all-natural syrup you can use instead of sugar as a dessert topping for yogurt or cottage cheese.
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