How to make Swedish blueberry compote

August is blueberry season in Sweden. Whether you pick your own or buy in bulk from the supermarket, don't miss John Duxbury's favourite recipe for creating this delicious compote, perfect with toast, yoghurt, pancakes or waffles.

How to make Swedish blueberry compote
It's the perfect time to pick your own blueberries in Sweden. Photo: TT


Makes: 2 Servings

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Total: 15 minutes


1. Pick over the blueberries, removing any stalks. Rinse and drain.

2. Tip the blueberries into a saucepan and add the lemon juice and sugar.

3. Heat the mixture for two or three minutes over a moderate heat, stirring occasionally until the blueberries start to pop and soften slightly.

4. Bring to the boil and then boil steadily for three minutes for a runny consistency or up to six minutes for a firmer set. (Don’t be tempted to go beyond 6 minutes, as you will end up with a compote that is over-set and has less flavour.)

5. Remove any scum from the surface with a slotted spoon.

6. If you are making a larger quantity to store, allow the compote to cool for 15 minutes and then carefully pour it into sterilised jars. Cover with a waxed disc (waxed side down), label and date.

Photo: TT 


– Use the ratios above if you want to make a larger amount for keeping.

– Don’t be tempted to turn the compote into jam without using a jam thermometer. I remember my Dad ruining so many jars of marmalade because he overcooked it! Only really experienced jam makers can use the saucer test!

– Replace a tablespoon or two of the jam sugar with vanilla sugar. Add a pinch of cinnamon.

This recipe was orginally published on food writer John Duxbury's website Swedish Food


Recipe: Swedish chicken with morel sauce

Swedish food writer John Duxbury's recipe for chicken with morel sauce is a great way to warm up one of those dull March weekends.

Recipe: Swedish chicken with morel sauce
Chicken with morel sauce. Photo: John Duxbury

Chicken’s mild taste is excellent for showing off the earthy taste of morels and the addition of tarragon brings out the flavour in the chicken.

Morels have a short season from (in a good year) March to May.  They are not easy to find, but you can sometimes find them round scrubby woodland, waste ground or even in gardens.  They are poisonous raw, but perfectly safe when cooked.  They can also be bought on some markets.  Although they are expensive to buy, you don’t actually need many and, to put the price in context, a portion costs less than a pint of beer.

With a little bit of good fortune tarragon will be beginning to show its face as the last of the morels fade away for the year.  It makes for a delicious spring combination and a real party treat fit for any occasion.


Serves: 2

Level: Easy

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes

Total: 70 minutes


•  If you can’t find fresh morels it is fine to use dried. Simply allow them to soak for 20 minutes in hot water and then drain thoroughly.

•  If you want to cut down on cream, use white wine instead.

•  If you increase the quantities, be sure to fry the chicken in batches.


50-70 g (2-3 oz) morels
2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp butter
2 pieces of chicken, skin removed
1 tsp finely chopped tarragon, optional
300 ml (1¼ cups) chicken stock, made with a bouillon cube
35 g (1¼ oz) shallots, peeled and finely chopped (2-4 shallots)
4 tbsp double (heavy) cream
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp dry sherry


1. Cut the morels in half lengthways and then brush clean. Try and avoid washing them but if you do need to pat them dry afterwards.

2. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F, gas 2, fan 140°C).

3. Mix the flour and seasoning on a large plate.

4. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large frying pan (skillet). When hot dip both sides of each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour and then fry for about 4 minutes on each side until nicely coloured.

5. Place the chicken pieces in an ovenproof dish and pour half the chicken stock over them. Add the tarragon. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, removing the foil for the last ten minutes.

6. After 20 minutes, melt another tablespoon of butter in a frying pan (skillet) and fry the morels and shallots for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

7. Pour in the other half of the chicken stock and simmer gently.

8. When the chicken is cooked, pour the stock from the chicken into the pan with the morels and return to a rapid simmer for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile cover the chicken with foil again and leave it somewhere warm to relax.

9. Add the cream, lemon juice and sherry to the morel mixture. Let the sauce simmer gently for about 5-10 minutes until it has a nice consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more sherry or lemon juice if desired.

10. Whilst the sauce is simmering, carve the chicken into slices. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with rice.

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of Swedish Food.