This apple compote recipe is a small batch recipe and is a super easy one. Lightly flavored with cinnamon, this apple compote recipe has the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and warm spices and makes a great filling and perfect topping for breakfast and desserts.
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this homemade compote recipe – apples, sugar, lemon and cinnamon powder and you can have a batch of fresh apple compote in under 20 minutes.
In a typical apple compote recipe, the apples are normally cubed, but I choose to grate mine into thin strips. I used a grater but you can always cut them into thin slices with knife. Making the compote with apples in grated form makes it must easier to use it as a filling, particular for desserts like this apple mousse.
This compote recipe also lasts well, which means to you can make it in advance and keep it for a good 1 week in the refrigerator. It is a great way to use up apples during apple season too.
Table of contents
- Compote vs Coulis
- How to Make
- Like this easy recipe? Here are my other posts you might want to check out
- Recipe (Printable)
Compote vs Coulis
Both compote and coulis are fruits cooked in sugar. The only difference is that compote contains fruit chunks, the coulis is in a puree form.
Fruit compote is literally fruits cooked in syrup. The fruits are often added in whole or chopped into cubes before being cooked with sugar until they soften. The cooking process produces thick sauce from the fruits and the sugar without totally mashing up or pureeing the fruits, resulting in a thick fruit sauce filled with fruit pieces.
Coulis on the other hand, is made in the same manner, except that the fruits are either mashed with a fork or masher or processed in a food processor and thereafter strained to remove any pulp for a smooth fruit sauce.
How to Make
- Brown sugar
- Cinnamon powder
- Fresh lemon juice
Preparing the apples
- Quarter the apples on a cutting board and peel the skin with a vegetable peeler or knife. Grate the apple slices with a cheese grater. If the grater is too fine, cut the fruits into thin strips.
- Mix with lemon juice to avoid the color from changing.
Cooking the compote
- Add the grated apples into a small pot.
- Measure in the sugar and cinnamon powder and stir to mix.
- Turn on the fire to a medium heat and cook the fruits.
- As the sugar and fruits get heated up, you will see more liquid in the pot.
- Continue to cook on low flame until the syrup reduces to your desired consistency and the grated apples soften. Stir to avoid the fruits from burning. If you are using cubed apples and there is not enough liquid in the pot, you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm water to help the apples cook. Keep the heat to a low flame.
- Remove the compote from heat and let it cool slightly before using. If not using immediately, let it cool to room temperature before filling it into a dry mason jar or airtight container and refrigerating. The compote can be enjoyed both warm and cold.
Can you make this compote with cubed apples instead of grated apples?
- Yes, you can. This recipe will work fine with cubed apples.
- When grated, the juice from the apple and the sugar produces sufficient liquid for the apples to cook in without burning, but when cut into cubes, there might not be much juice from the apples.
- Hence, if you find the mixture too dry when cooking, add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of warm water and cook the apples on low heat so that the mixture does not dry up too fast.
- Also make sure to stir the mixture constantly.
Can you adjust the amount of sugar and cinnamon in the recipe?
- Yes, you can. This recipe is made using green apples which tend to be a bit more sour compared to red apples. Hence the amount of sugar indicated in the recipe card is just nice to match the sour taste of the apples.
- If you are using red apples, and wish to make the compote less sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar used. You can also replace the brown sugar with white sugar.
- Similarly, you can also adjust the amount of ground cinnamon and lemon juice in your recipe to suit your taste. You can also add some lemon zest if you like.
- And if you do not have cinnamon powder, you can add a small piece of cinnamon stick to the apples as they cook and discard it after cooking.
What type of apples should you use to make this recipe?
- This apple compote recipe can be made with any variety of apples. I prefer to make it with green tart apples (Granny Smith apples) as their slightly sourish taste complements perfectly with the sugar and the cinnamon.
- Green apples also tend to not get too soft with cooking so if you like to have bit of apples as you eat the compote, green apples would be a better option.
What can you use this compote for?
- This compote works great both as a filling as well as topping.
- You can use it to make apple pie, use it as a perfect topping for your favorite vanilla ice cream, filling for mousse and cupcakes, topping for waffles and much more. It can also be added into breakfast dishes like oats, onto French toast and on top pancakes.
How to store and how long does the compote last?
- This apple compote recipe can be kept at room temperature for one day. If you wish to keep it longer, it would require to be refrigerated.
- Store it in a dry container or mason jar (with lid) before placing in the refrigerator. It can last in the fridge for approximately 1 week.
Like this easy recipe? Here are my other posts you might want to check out
- Cherry Coulis (Easy Homemade Cherry Sauce)
- Kiwi Coulis (Kiwi Sauce)
- Moist Almond Strawberry Cake ( A Homemade Tea Time Treat)
- Strawberry Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
- Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
Here is the full printable version of my easy apple compote recipe card.
- 2 apples
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 35 g brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)
- 3 tablespoon water (only if required)
- Cut the apples into quarters. Peel the skin, remove the seeds and grate into strips.
- Add the grated apples into a small bowl and mix in the lemon juice.
- Transfer the apples into a small pot and add the sugar and cinnamon powder.
- Turn on the heat to a medium low flame and stir to mix the sugar into the apples.
- The fruits and sugar mixture will release liquid as you cook them. If not, add about 2 or 3 tablespoons water. Stir occasionally until the apples become soft and the compote has reached the consistency you desire.
- Turn off the heat and let the compote cool down before using. Keep leftovers in a dry container with lid and keep refrigerated.
And that’s that. My fresh homemade apple compote recipe for you.
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