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Recipe: Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

Recipe: Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Arina P Habich/
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
4-6 servings

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Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

It's a jumble tumble berry rumble!

Fit for pancakes, fit for a crumble.

Zesty lemons make the mix humble.

Want it now? I can hear your tummy grumble!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • stir :

    to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!

Equipment Checklist

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon


Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

  • 1 1/2 C fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, or a combination)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 T granulated sugar


Tumble-Jumble Berry Compote

chop + juice

Start off by roughly chopping *1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries** of your choice. Place them in a large mixing bowl and juice 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over the top of the berries.

sprinkle + tumble

Sprinkle the berries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix. The sugar and lemon juice will form a sauce of sorts. Make sure to tumble the berries around in the sugar-lemon mixture. This is called maceration and will add tons of flavor to the berries. Plop a heaping scoop atop pancakes, waffles, or Austrian "Kaiserschmarrn" Torn Pancakes (see recipe) for a perfect combination.

Surprise Ingredient: Berries!

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Photo by Ana Hollan/ (girl eating wild elderberries)

Hi! I'm a Berry!

"To be specific, I'm an edible berry. We might be sweet or sour, colorful, juicy, and delicious! People around the world eat us alone, with other foods, and in jams, preserves, and pies! Yum! Did you know that bananas, pumpkins, tomatoes, and watermelons are technically berries!" 

  • Thousands of years ago, before crops were domesticated, hunter-gatherers picked wild berries, an activity people still enjoy doing today. 
  • Berry cultivation may have begun as early as the 10th century in Japan, the 14th century in Europe, and the 18th century in the United States. 
  • The word "berry" comes from the Old English "berie," from the German "beere."
  • Globally, strawberries are grown twice the amount of any other berry, although strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not actual berries, botanically speaking—they are aggregate fruits. 
  • Botanical berries include blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, gooseberries, lingonberries, and persimmons.
  • Berries are a wonderful snack eaten by themselves or added to cold and hot cereal. But they are equally delightful when made into preserves, jams, and sauces. In addition, berries are often used in baked goods like cakes, cobblers, muffins, and pies. 
  • Berries are often called a "superfood" and are recommended by doctors and nutritionists for a healthy diet. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and many have essential nutrients like vitamin C, helping to protect against cancer and chronic disease.

History of Compote!

Photo by Katarzyna Hurova/
  • Compote originated in medieval Europe. It is a dessert of fresh whole fruit or fruit pieces cooked or preserved in a sugar syrup. Dried fruit is sometimes exchanged for fresh fruit. The syrup is often flavored with lemon or orange peel and spices like vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. A 15th-century recipe for pear compote included wine syrup. 
  • Compote can be eaten warm or cold. Serve it by itself or with ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, crepes, or French toast!

Let's Learn About Medieval Europe!

Photo by matrioshka/
  • The Medieval era in Europe is also referred to as the Middle Ages. It lasted about 1,000 years, from the 5th to the 15th century!
  • The Middle Ages was a time of feuds and manors, lords, ladies, knights, serfs, and peasants. This era came after the fall of the Roman government. During the Middle Ages, thousands of small, regional feudal governments ruled medieval Europe, where the local lord was in charge.
  • The church dominated every aspect of a person's life. Whether you lived on a manor, in a castle, or in one of the growing towns, life in the Middle Ages was very religious and often violent.
  • Times were difficult for people during this era, as there was much fighting and turnover of ruling parties and lords. Life varied for people depending on which period of the Middle Ages they lived in: Early, Middle, or Late, and what status a person held. Nobles had different things to think about than peasants, such as governing their lands, keeping the loyalty of their workers, and staying in favor with the king. Serfs were considered the lowest class, and they were also the busiest. They farmed, spun yarn, and sewed clothing for people of higher classes. 
  • Some of the inventions and discoveries in medieval Europe were: stirrups, which allowed people to stay on their horses more easily; schools, which started in monasteries (science and grammar were promoted); windmills; spectacles; the compass; the spinning wheel; the spice trade along the Silk Road between the West and the East; and the printing press.
  • The primary language taught in schools of the time was Latin. Languages based on Latin include Italian, French, Spanish, English, Romanian, and Portuguese. 
  • Although education became more widespread during the High Middle Ages (1,000-1,300), it remained much more common for a male to go to university than a female.
  • The Black Plague was a disease that took many lives during the Late Middle Ages (1300-1500). People focused on obtaining the best food possible to avoid catching the plague. After this time, a whole new world of art, technology, and culture emerged and improved people's lives at the end of this challenging era. 

Words and Sayings that Originated in the Middle Ages

  • A BAKER'S DOZEN: A group of 13 items (a dozen is 12). Bakers of this time developed a reputation for selling underweight loaves of bread to save money. But, then, a standard weight law was set for bread. So bakers started giving away an extra loaf of bread with every dozen loaves to avoid paying the penalty of selling underweight goods!
  • TO PLAY DEVIL'S ADVOCATE: To take a position you may not necessarily agree with for the sake of the debate or to explore the topic further.
  • BELLYTIMBER: The word for "food!" Example: "Let's go grab some Bellytimber for dinner, shall we?"
  • WOODNESS: Another word for blasphemy, madness, or insanity. Example: "This is Woodness!"
  • PITCHKETTLED: Confused. Example: "The complicated instructions left her rather pitchkettled."
  • BEAUTEOUS: Beautiful.
  • SINK OR SWIM: A medieval practice where the authorities would toss a person believed to be guilty of a crime into a lake to determine their guilt or innocence. If the person floated or swam, they were considered in league with the devil, guilty, and were executed. On the other hand, if they sank and drowned, they were deemed innocent, but the result was the same!

The Yolk's On You

Why did the blueberry stop in the middle of the road? 

Because he ran out of juice!

That's Berry Funny

Why were the little strawberries upset? 

Because their parents were in a jam!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call a sad raspberry? 

A blueberry.

THYME for a Laugh

What did one raspberry say to the other raspberry? 

"If you weren't so sweet, we wouldn't be in this jam!"

The Yolk's On You

What do you call strawberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a raspberry that uses foul language? 

Berry Rude.

The Yolk's On You

What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit? 


THYME for a Laugh

What is a scarecrow’s favorite fruit? 


That's Berry Funny

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

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