Spiced Poached Red Papaya Compote

Compote is a dessert which originates from Medieval Europe. This spiced poached red papaya compote recipe will prove why this dessert has lasted centuries long.

Serves: 4


  • 1 medium red papaya (peeled, deseeded & cut into chunks)
  • 4 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 lime (juiced & strips of zest)
  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 2 star anise
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups water


  1. Pour water into a saucepan, add sugar, lime juice and lime zest, cinnamon quills and star anise. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add red papaya and cranberries, bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Can be eaten with cereal for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert.

Recipe courtesy of Australian Papaya

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