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!


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.

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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
  1. Peel & core the apples. Chop into 8 slices then into large cubes.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter, add the sugar & spices, let simmer for a minute
  3. Add the apples and mix well.
  4. 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
  5. Normally no blending is needed as the apples will naturally soften and loose their form
  6. Sever warm

4 Responses to “APPLE SPICE COMPOTE Recipe”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    I do love fresh apples but I adore the taste of cooked apples and your invention combining all those wonderful spices is very intriguing! This time of year begs for comfort food as well as “keeping the doctor away”! Always love the pics and I think your Dutch series is brilliant – especially for family in far away places.

  2. Please, please come to southern Italy and make this for me. YUM!!!!!!!!

    Also, I love when you tweet new posts; please continue!

  3. Katya Says:

    Mmmmm, sounds tasty, and so simple! Will try it out soon. I think it would go really well with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂

  4. MARJORIE: Josiane & George keep giving us baskets of apples from the orchard near their house, so I need to find ways to use them up. This is a quick & health option.

    MICHELLE: I have almost got FEDEX to agree to ship me over to you! Will keep up with the tweeting!

    KATYA: Plus the ingredients are easy to find! My father & Olivier will agree with your vanilla ice cream idea 🙂 Otherwise I will be posting a molasses caramel soon that works well – I may even try to make it with honey xxx

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