com·pote | \ˈkäm-ˌpōt \

Definition of compote 

1 : a dessert of fruit cooked in syrup

2 : a bowl of glass, porcelain, or metal usually with a base and stem from which compotes, fruits, nuts, or sweets are served

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The dessert: Everyone knows that with every great dad comes an even greater mom, and Frillman makes a tribute to his own mother with Nancy’s Kahlua cake ($6) topped with strawberry compote. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Daisies in Logan Square makes the case for dad food," 3 Aug. 2017 Spoon this sweet-tart compote over your favorite vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Anush Elbakyan,, "3 easy no-bake summer dessert recipes," 29 June 2018 It was served with a compote of Champagne, rose water and strawberries. New York Times, "She Wanted Lavish, He Was Fine With City Hall," 8 June 2018 The Sicilian Butcher offers a towering specimen, firm and creamy, gorgeously balanced with a sweet blackberry compote. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 iconic American foods for Fourth of July and the best places to get them in Phoenix," 3 July 2018 Its popular Sunday brunch included waffles with apple compote, maple salted caramel and cinnamon cream. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "West Bottoms restaurant in converted gas station closes after more than seven years," 2 July 2018 Before long, the president had invited him to an intimate dinner of a ravioli appetizer, guinea hen entree, and, for dessert, fruit compote. Matt Viser,, "Alan Dershowitz emerges as key Trump whisperer with criticism of Mueller," 11 Apr. 2018 When ready to serve, spoon a heaping tablespoon of orange compote on top of each panna cotta. Jill O'connor,, "Cookbook celebrates versatility of oranges," 26 Mar. 2018 Donut Bar's ever-rotating online menu lists a French toast doughnut, a butterbeer dessert circle topped with Harry Potter-esque glasses and a Monte Cristo doughnut stuffed with swiss and American cheese, ham and raspberry-cranberry compote. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "What happens if you merge donuts and craft beer? Sacramento is about to find out," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of compote

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compote

French, from Old French composte, from Latin composta, feminine of compostus, past participle

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: a dessert made of fruits cooked with sugar

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