This pretty citrus compote is a delicious dessert, but it's also great with your morning yogurt, waffles, and pancakes.

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Credit: Photography by Paola + Murray

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 30 mins
Makes about 4 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cut the peels and white pith off of the oranges, then slice the fruit into rounds, discarding any seeds.

  • In a small pan, add 2 cups water, the sugar, cinnamon stick, and star anise pod. Scrape in the vanilla bean seeds; add the vanilla bean. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Simmer until syrupy, about 30 minutes. Discard the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, and star anise pod. Stir in the liqueur, if using.

  • Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then gently toss with the citrus. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.