[ RECIPE: APPLE COMPOTE FOR THE QUEEN ]
Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner…I think!
I love a good simple compote.
I love eating it for breakfast and for a dessert. In fact I often snack on a bowl of this goodness when the mood takes me…
The word compote means ‘mixture’ in French and I love that – a simple fruit mixture that adds a little hula to any dish!
One of my favourite ones is apple, pear and raisin. I serve it with tart plain yoghurt and sprinkle it with warm toasted nuts and coconut…heaven in a bowl! I went home to Mum’s in the country for a week and made this dish while I was there. I call Mum ‘The Queen’ – so I decided to dedicate this little ditty to her…
This compote is NOT fancy but it tastes delicious and I’ve served this little number to many guests when they stay at our little beachside home or as a little treat at nigh time for my Marky. Somehow though I know he’d like a block of chocolate instead! Anyway as the food Nazi in our house – that’s his treat! Nasty, nasty wifey!
Here is the recipe…
[ THE INGREDIENTS ]
- 3 x apples – cored and cut into slices or chunks (whichever you prefer)
- 3 x pears – cored and cut into slices or chunks (whichever you prefer)
- 1/2 x cup soft raisins
- 1/4 x cup water
- 1 x zested lemon and its juice
- 1 x teaspoon of vanilla essence or 1 vanilla bean, seeds scrapped out and pod kept
- 2 x teaspoons of sweetener – either honey or maple syrup
- 1 x teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cloves
[THE METHOD ]
Prepare all the ingredients.
Dice or slice the apples…I know feet and food are not meant to go together but I thought my nail polish kinda’ matched the skin tones of the beautiful apples…
Next, in a large saucepan add the lemon zest, juice, sweetener, vanilla, water and spices. Gently bring this mixture to the boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Next add all the fruit and combine well. Increase the heat – bring back to the boil and then let simmer gently, stirring regularly for 10 -15 minutes, until the fruit collapses and becomes translucent.
I made another batch a couple of days later and this time I sliced the fruit…and I must say I always like the texture better this way – its a little more delicate.
To serve, I place some plain tart yoghurt in a bowl, add my fruit (and some of the delicious juice), sprinkle it with warm toasted nuts and coconut and eat every last bit!
I not only eat this cold, but I love it slightly warmed with my yoghurt…or custard…I know you’ll become addicted like me! So enjoy this Apple Compote for ‘The Queen’ folks…
Remember food is YOUR fuel
Love J x