Homemade Apple Compote


This traditional apple compote is superior to many ready made varieties, as it contains proper chunks of apple. Making your own apple compote is very easy, and only requires a handful of ingredients.

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Homemade apple compote

Apple compote makes a delicious side dish or dessert. It's satisfyingly tasty, with chunks of apple and flavoured with cinnamon. Subtly sweet, with a touch of vanilla, it pairs very well with braised red cabbage.

The sweetness of the dish depends on the type of apples you use. I used Golden Delicious apples from our garden as I do not like my apple compote too sweet.

You can use different varieties of apples to make apple compote; traditionally Goudreinet (Golden Rennet) apples were used because they are firm and slightly acidic, making them unsuitable for eating raw.

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Published at 2023-10-18, this recipe is for 10 people and takes 45 minutes.

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Updated at: 25-05-2024

45 minutes 10 people Side dishes
Homemade apple compote


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  • 3 kg of apples
  • 30 grams (4 sachets) of vanilla sugar
  • One and a half lemons
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 400 ml of water
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  • Vegetable peeler
  • Chopping board & chef's knife
  • Large saucepan

Homemade Apple Compote

45 minutes 10 people Side dishes

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Making the apple compote – 45 minutes

Peel the apples, remove the cores and cut the apples into chunks (not too big, but not too small either).

Place the apple chunks in a large pan and immediately add the zest and juice of one and a half lemons to prevent discolouration.

Homemade apple compote
Homemade apple compote

Add 30 grams (4 sachets) of vanilla sugar along with 2 cinnamon sticks and 400 ml of water. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and let the apples cook slowly. Don't let the apples cook for too long or you will end up with apple sauce; you want them to retain some chunkiness in an apple compote.

The apple compote is ready after around 20 minutes. You can then immediately preserve it while still as hot as possible (in sterilised glass jars) or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Homemade Apple Compote: frequently asked questions

Which varieties of apples are best for making apple compote?

Golden Rennets are often used to make apple compote or apple sauce, but you can also use Jonagold, Elstar or Golden Delicious (among others). You can also use a combination of different apple varieties.

What is the best way to store apple compote?

The best way to preserve apple compote is to put it in sterilised jars while still as hot as possible.

You can boil the jars, with their lids, in boiling water for a few minutes to sterilise them.