Romanian Fruit Compote (Compot de Fructe)

This is another little treat that my mom used to make for us when I grew up.  It’s super simple, easy and quick.  You can use pretty much any type of fruit.  If using cherries, do not pit them, but take the stems off.  The amount of sugar also depends on how sweet the fruit is, so always go with the lesser amount, then taste and add more if needed. When I made it and took this picture, I used apples.  As I said, you can use any fruit you like (peaches, pears, plums, cherries, grapes etc).  It can be served warm, cold or at room temperature.  It’s delicious anyhow!  Enjoy!

-about 2 cups fruit, peeled, cored and diced
-4 cups water
-1/4 -1/2 cup sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
Place fruit, water and sugar (start with 1/4 cup) in saucepan and bring to boil.  Once the water is boiling, continue cooking for 6-8 minutes.  Add the cinnamon and vanilla and cook for 2 more minutes.  Stir and taste.  If needed, add remaining 1/4 cup sugar now.  Stir until melted.  Remove from heat and enjoy!

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