Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just a compote of apples (compote de pommes).

Weather is finally becoming a little bit more ... cool. Not even cold. Just cool. 
We still have 20°C here (70°F) and it's difficult to think it's fall.
At the moment, all my windows are open and the heating still doesn't work, of course.

I'm not complaining ! Because it's very pleasant for sure. But, I can't help myself worrying about what happen to climate. 
Like million persons, I presume...

I needed some comfort food. 
This past week end, I made apples compote. Simple. And sweet.

You'll need, for 4 persons : 

  • 1 kg of apples (or so)
  • 150 grammes of brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (or 1 teaspoon of vanilla liquid)
  • 50 grammes of butter.
  • If you don't want to use butter, you can replace it by 1/4 liter of water. On this picture, there're water AND butter, but in reality, it's water OR butter ;)
  • You can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. That's what I usually do. But this time, you'll see at the end, I use cinnamon biscuits, for decoration. 


Step 1 : 
Begin by peeling the apple and took away the core. For this, there's a great instrument which give me fun, when I use it.
All right ... But, life is not always a big laughing moment and we have to take fun where we can ;)



video

If you still have all your fingers after this operation, we can keep on ! 



Step 2 : 
Cut your apples in small pieces. That's a little bit long, I have to admit. 



Step 3 : 
Let melt the butter in the pan, and add your apples. If you don't use butter, just pour your apples.



Step 4 :
Pour sugar and stir together.



If you use water, that's the moment to pour it, baby ! 

... NB : just look this gorgeous beginning of caramel ...


Step 5 : 
Open you pod in two and grab it to collect the grains with the knife's point.

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Step 6 :
Add it to the apples pod and grains. 



Step 7 :
Cover with a lid and let it cook, on a low fire, for 30 minutes, stirring time to time. 


Step 8 :
At this step, it's ready, let just cool. 
But I wanted something special. So I took some cinnamon biscuits (speculoos) and use them to made a bed for the compote.

You'll need 1 biscuit for each single pot. 


In a plastic bag, break them just enough to have powder and pieces.



Step 9 :
Cover the bottom of one cute pot, and pour the apples, when they're cold. 




Bon appétit ! 



Récapitulative for 4 persons : 

  • 1 kg of apples (or so)
  • 150 grammes of brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (or 1 teaspoon of vanilla liquid)
  • 50 grammes of butter.
  • If you don't want to use butter, you can replace it by 1/4 liter of water. 
  • You can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Or use cinnamon biscuits.

Begin by peeling the apple and took away the core. 

Cut your apples in small pieces. 

Let melt the butter in the pan, and add your apples. If you don't use butter, just pour your apples.

Pour sugar and stir together.

If you use water, that's the moment to pour it.

Open you pod in two and grab it to collect the grains with the knife's point.

Add it to the apples pod and grains. 

Cover with a lid and let it cook, on a low fire, for 30 minutes, stirring time to time. 

At this step, it's ready, let just cool. 

With cinnamon biscuits : You'll need 1 biscuit for each single pot. 

In a plastic bag, break them just enough to have powder and pieces.

Cover the bottom of one cute pot, and pour the apples, when they're cold. 

9 comments:

  1. YES!! I'm home and ready for some fall-type comfort-food cooking. I was just thinking of baking some apples, but this looks better. And I just bought these biscuits yesterday! Thanks Axelle.

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    1. Hi Susan and welcome back ! I hope you had a great time in USA and you spend good moments with your daughters ;)
      Someone told me it was a little bit too sugared, so maybe try with a little bit less sugar.

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  2. I made a compote too yesterday... but with apples and plums (I had so many that were going to be too old soon) and as you also wrote I used water instead of butter. And cloves instead of cinnamon. Apple compote is really good!
    Ciao.

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    1. Apples and plums go well together, yum !!
      I never tried with cloves but why not ;)

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  3. I love apple compote. Here, people call it apple sauce and eat it often with pork chops. It's funny how I grew up eating compotes all the time, made of apricots, apples, plums, pears, cherries... but here, people don't really know about these compotes and very rarely eat them (and even more rarely make them). In fact, most people don't even know what the word "compote" means. It's too bad because it's soooooooo good and easy to make and healthy :)

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    1. Apple and pork go so well together !
      It's a good point if they don't know : my goal is to make them discover french and easy recipes ;)

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  4. This looks delicious. I love apples and make apple butter every other year. Do you have something like apple butter (thick like jam) in France?

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