APPLE SPICE COMPOTE Recipe
17 November 2008
The DUTCH Series N°2
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ This is a great saying however this is just one minor detail they left out…. the cooking instructions!
Taking advantage of this little loophole and the fact that it is currently the apple season, I have invented a quick & healthy recipe, within the guidelines of the Dutch Series.
Now I am not suggesting that you run triumphantly down to your doctors’ office, boasting how you have found a justification to eat more desert…. a chink in the dietary armor so to say. Perhaps best to remain discrete and if you do happen to have a sweet tooth, here is your prefect solution to satisfy a craving while keeping an eye on your waistline & budget!
RECIPE – SWEET PEA Blog
As I did not have a basic recipe to work from and was cooking ‘au pif – by the nose’, I tried several different combinations of spices and different quantities of sugar, to find my preferred balance. Often the best food is the simplest and there is something so comforting about hot apple compote that leaves you feeling warm & satisfied.
COOKING APPLES: by definition are primarily used for cooking rather than eating fresh. They are generally larger in size, less sweet when uncooked, with a more floury texture. They naturally soften and release their sweetness when cooked.
I will soon be posting a recipe for molasses caramel, a heavenly twist on the traditional caramel that goes divinely with this recipe.
Sugar & spice makes everything nice….
- 2 large cooking apples (480 grams whole)
- 20 grams unsalted butter
- 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar (depending on how sweet your apples are)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- 1 whole star anise
- Peel & core the apples. Chop into 8 slices then into large cubes.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter, add the sugar & spices, let simmer for a minute
- Add the apples and mix well.
- Cover & cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes. All the water should be absorbed and the apples very soft when tested with a knife
- Normally no blending is needed as the apples will naturally soften and loose their form
- Sever warm