apple compote

19 Mar

I know this sounds elementary, I mean who doesn’t know how to make compote?  Compote is a dessert which is generally a concoction of cooked fruit with sugar and spices.  It is the staple of desserts.  I don’t think there is a time when I don’t have a container of homemade compote in the freezer.  When my family is full after a meal, there’s always room for compote.  I generally use apples and serve it with a sprinkling of sliced or slivered almonds, but anything goes!  Peaches, pears, rhubarb, strawberries, plums, or a mixture of the above – you name it.  Peel the fruit, slice it and put it in a pot.  Add water about 1/4 – 1/3 way up, put in a handful or two of sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit and how sweet you like it.  You can always add more water and more sugar if needed.  Then add in a few cinnamon stick and let it cook on a low flame for a couple of hours.   With apples, the longer you cook it, the more it will melt into applesauce and even turn pink.  When plums are in season, I add some to the mixture (pitted but not peeled) and the mixture turns a gorgeous magenta color.  Let me know what your favorite compote combination is!

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