Compote de pomme is one of my favorite treats. In France, we usually eat it for dessert (most important part of the meal!) for lunch or dinner. As you may not know, dessert is an institution in France! We always finish our meal with something sweet, not necessarily a piece of cake, but a yogurt or a compote is good enough.
I really love this recipe because it is a light and sweet treat and you can make it with all the fruits you want. I often include bananas or strawberries to change from apples. This recipe is so easy to make and very flavorful!
The advantage of compote is that it can be used and eaten in so many different ways. You can eat it just the way it is or include it in your apple pies and cakes. If you do not like things that are too sweet, this is also perfect for you as I only add a little bit of honey.
Let’s start cooking!
- 4 lbs (2kg) of apples (I took gala, but any kind of apples are good)
- 800ml of water
- 1 tspn of cinnamon
- 1 tspn of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of honey (you can replace it with sugar if you prefer)
- 2 tbsp of malibu (optional)
1- First, peel and slice your apples in small cubes. As I mentioned above, I used gala apples for this recipe, but you can use any apples you have. Compote is actually a great way to use your old apples instead of throwing them away. Once sliced, put them in a large pot.
2- Add 800 ml of water in the pot, and add the spices: cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey. If you want to spice up the compote, you can also add some Malibu or rum. Alcohol evaporate with heat so you won’t taste it, it will only add more flavors to the compote.
3- Put the pot on medium heat and cook until almost all the water has evaporated. Don’t forget to stir regularly so the compote does not stick to the pot.
4- Once there is no more water in the pot, you have two options. If you prefer having chunks of apples, slightly mashed the compote. If you prefer a smooth compote, mix until there are no more chunks. Put in the fridge for few hours. Once the compote is cold you can eat it.
As you can see, it is very easy! If you have children, compote makes an amazing baby food (just don’t add the alcohol). Compote is a recycling recipe as you can simply use any apples you have, especially those old and soft apples.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.