Simple Sundays | Goat Cheese with Blueberry Vanilla Compote

Where I live, there is that happy medium in the summer months that we hope for – too hot and we take shelter in our air conditioned homes, too cool and we run for our sweaters. But come evening, the fog rolls in and cools…

Simple Sundays | Goat Cheese with Blueberry Vanilla Compote

Where I live, there is that happy medium in the summer months that we hope for – too hot and we take shelter in our air conditioned homes, too cool and we run for our sweaters. But come evening, the fog rolls in and cools the valleys, and most nights are pleasant. It’s sleep-with-your-windows-open nice.

Perhaps my favorite part of this time of year is seeing our neighbors outdoors, working on their yards, walking their dogs, the children riding bikes. After an extended “Springter” (it almost feels like that wintery-spring season we experienced warrants its own name), it’s nice to spend time with our neighborhood friends again, to see everyone come out of hiding.

We’ve been enjoying impromptu gatherings on the block, and last weekend, we gathered on a beautiful summer evening, wine glasses in hand, the children toasting s’mores over the fire pit. I wanted to bring out something a little sweet yet a little savory – and this creamy ball of Sonoma goat cheese topped with a simple Blueberry Vanilla Compote was exactly what I was craving.

Blueberries are abundant now, so if you ever find yourself with more blueberries than you know what to do with, try this very easy compote. You can seriously make it in 15 minutes. It is perfect over goat cheese, yes, but it is equally lovely over ice cream, pancakes…or even by the spoonful.

Blueberry Vanilla Compote

Makes 1 cup.

So simple, you'll never buy bottled blueberry sauce again. Use fresh or frozen blueberries, both will work beautifully. Serve it over goat cheese, ice cream, yogurt, or pancakes (whatever strikes your fancy), for a taste of summer all year long.


1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together blueberries, apple juice and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the vanilla. Allow the compote to cool before using. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Goat Cheese with Blueberry Vanilla Compote


8 oz goat cheese
1 cup Blueberry Vanilla Compote
crackers for serving


Using your hands, form the goat cheese into your desired shape (ball, log, etc.). Make certain the compote is completely chilled before pouring over the cheese. Serve with crackers and enjoy!


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  3. Norma

    I am catching up to my comments after being away for a month.

    Liren this is just a beatiful shot and I cannot wait to try the compote.

  4. Cheryl

    It sounded good when you told me about it, but the picture makes it a must try!! Can’t wait, I love the fresh and simple prep and ingrediants.

  5. roz

    Hi Liren, what a lovely, deep shade of blue in your lovely compote spilling over the soft cheese. I’d be in heaven with a bite of this. I’m saving it to add to my blueberry recipes to make. Thank you for sharing and also for the gorgeous photos!

    • Liren

      LOL! Wouldn’t that be fun? I could imagine how yummy a neighborhood full of food obsessed people might be. Imagine the block parties :)

  6. Ann

    Wow! I love goat cheese -and to top it with something sweet…pure genius! Your photos are amazing and I’ve happily buzzed this one!

  7. Mindy

    Made this tonight with our farmer’s market goodies. I put it over goat cheese and served it with fresh berries and a baguette. AMAZING. Can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow!

    • Liren

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it, Mindy! Thank you so much for letting me know :)

  8. sweet road

    Sometimes I am attracted to certain foods because of their color, and other times I am attracted to foods because I know that I like them. This recipe is a combination of both! What could be better than cheese and beautiful berries?

  9. sara

    This looks gorgeous! Goat cheese is so delicious with fruit. Love the idea of a blueberry compote paired with it.

  10. Emily @ Life on Food

    I just went blueberry picking today and was hoping to find a good recipe to use some of them for. This looks delicious. I love goat cheese but I bet my husband will use it on ice cream. Both sound delicious to me!

    • Liren

      Oh, now that’s something I wish I could do. Not a lot of blueberry picking around here. Enjoy those sweet treasures. Sounds like your husband is a lot like mine :)

    • Liren

      That’s exactly how I feel, Elizabeth. I was just thinking yesterday how I wish I had more to enjoy for breakfast!

  11. Mindy

    Um, yes please.
    We go to our neighborhood farmer’s market every Sunday and I’m pretty sure I’ve decided where my dollars are going this week…..fresh blueberries and local goat cheese.

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