Simple Things: Apple Compote
Sometimes the simple things are the best, don’t you think? Like naturally sweet, delightfully tasty homemade apple compote – especially when it’s made from apples grown on your own trees! Thermomix makes it simple to make your own compote in under a half hour.
I am lucky enough to have 9 apple trees in my backyard, and this year I have learned that they don’t all mature at the same time (phew!) so I have been making smaller batches of apple compote over the past several weeks. Apples are so lovely and sweet there’s no need to add any extra sugar so they’re a beautifully healthy treat. If you don’t have your own trees, just grab yourself a couple of kilos of apples from your local farmers’ market, organic shop or at the supermarket and let’s get cooking!
- approximately 2 kilos of ripe apples, any variety
- 1 measuring cup of water
- Remove stems, core and seeds, and any blemishes or bruises. I like to leave the skin on for added flavour and because most of the vitamins are in the skin.
- Cut into quarters then into smaller pieces and add to your Thermomix bowl until it is full.
- Add 1 MC/measuring cup of water (100 g) to the TM bowl full of apples.
- Place the lid on and insert the spatula.
- Chop 10-15 seconds/Speed 5, using the spatula to help move the apples around onto the blade. Remove the spatula and place the simmering basket on top of the lid to stop spatters.
- Optional: season with cinnamon or nutmeg; or add a touch of lemon zest for added flavour. I prefer to add my cinnamon (freshly ground in my Thermomix, of course!) when I eat my compote, for a fresher flavour.
- Cook 20 minutes/100° C/Speed 5, gradually decreasing the speed just to keep the apple chunks moving around in the bowl.
- In the meantime, sterilise some jars or plastic freezer containers and lids. Don't forget to sterilise your jam funnel, too.
- Optional: Mix 10 seconds/Speed 6 to make a smooth compote. ThermoHubby John likes his compote on the chunky side so I often don't blend.
- Pour into sterilised jars, plastic freezer containers or, once cooled, even into plastic freezer bags. Let cool, put the lids on and pop into the refrigerator or freezer.
- Keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer. I use mustard pots with their little plastic lids, or glass yoghurt pots. They make perfect serving sizes!
- Eat it straight from the jar, pop on top of yoghurt for breakfast, use as a base for a French Apple Tart, make an applesauce cake, drop a spoonful or two onto some homemade Thermomix vanilla ice cream... the uses are endless.
- How do you like to eat your apple compote?
Bon appétit !