Fall is prime apple season and I’m taking full advantage. If you live near an orchard, I highly encourage you to get out there and pick your own. You can’t beat the pricing or the freshness. That being said, your local grocers will likely have a wide variety of apples to choose from. For this Apple Compote recipe, I have used Empire apples and Cortland apples. My personal preference is the Empire variety as they hold their shape a bit better as they cook. The Cortlands were still delicious but break down a bit more as they cook. With either variety, you will still end up with a delicious and sweet compote.
Yes, this Apple Compote comes together with just six ingredients (plus a pinch of salt). If you do even semi-frequent baking, I’m confident you’ll already have everything but the fresh produce on hand. For me the longest part of this recipe is peeling and chopping the apples. I peeled them with a knife but you could also use an apple peeler. As you chop the apples, go ahead and put them directly into a medium sauce pan. with all of the other ingredients. Stir over medium low heat – the sugar, butter, and spices will simmer into a sauce and coat the apples with warm Fall flavors. Once the apples are fork tender, you are ready to serve up this Apple Compote.
What I love most about this easy Apple Compote recipe is how versatile it is. Feel free to eat it by the spoonful – I won’t judge you, I’ll join you. Or, use it in a more traditional sense as a topping for other dishes. I’m daydreaming about these apples on pancakes, waffles, or french toast. This would make a fantastic topping over ice cream or vanilla yogurt. I’m also looking forward to pairing this recipe with my favorite homemade granola. Let me know how you end up eating this cozy Apple Compote.
- 4 Empire apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- Place all ingredients n a medium saucepan.
- While stirring, bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.
- When apples are fork tender, remove from heat.
- Serve hot or warm.
- Serving suggestions: Serve over pancakes, waffles, french toast, ice cream, yogurt, or as desired.