Spiced Cranberry Compote

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I'd share my favourite chicken liver parfait recipe (it's just a silky smooth luxurious pate, really) along with a spiced cranberry compote and homemade cute little brioche loaves. I chose to do cranberry compote this time, given the season. One can find frozen cranberries at good supermarkets.  Look out for the Hillcrest frozen berry range. Usually, I simply play around with apple, pear, onion and of course, seasonal plums. All simply divine ingredients to use for a compote. I particularly enjoyed this festive flavour combination with the nostalgic warm and fuzzy spices in the cranberry compote and of course, the sweetness and much-needed tartness it provides to cut through the gloriously rich parfait and buttery brioche. I will post an easy crowd-pleasing dessert recipe tomorrow on my Instagram.  So keep an eye out 😉 And then, I'm officially switching off until 6 Jan 2019! Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and an incredible 2019!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 12


  • 350 g frozen cranberries thawed out, including the juices
  • 1 c (250 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c (375 ml) water
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cassia sticks cinnamon bark or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves


  • Place three quarters of the cranberries in a medium saucepan together with remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer gently until sugar dissolves. Then turn heat up a little more and simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes or until reduced and sticky.
  • Add the remaining cranberries and simmer gently for another 5 -10 minutes.
  • You can choose how far you would like this compote to be reduced.
  • Allow to cool before serving.
  • And there you have it. A super Festive AF starter. It seems like a lot of shit to do, but I promise you, it is so worth that little extra effort. Try and make the parfait the day before, so it sets really well.
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