I’m a bit hopeless with apples. I tend to really fancy them, buy four or five, and then fail to finish them up. As I also loathe wasting food, I’ve come up with this easy 10 minute recipe to use up the leftovers.
I cook them in a little apple juice as it is naturally sweet, and I tend to use eating apples for this. If you use cooking apples, you will want to add more honey or whatever sweetener you prefer. Other variations I’ve tried include using grated fresh ginger, if you have any, or adding a squeeze of lemon juice for a sharper compote.
This is great with muesli & yogurt (as shown), as a topping for porridge or pancakes, or as a pudding with vanilla ice cream!
2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks
2 -3 tbsps sultanas
100ml apple juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Honey, to taste
Add the apple juice and apple pieces to a small non-stick pan and simmer over a medium heat for five minutes. Add the sultanas and spices and continue to simmer for up to five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft but still in distinct pieces and the juice has thickened. Add more apple juice during the simmer if your compote looks as if it will be too dry. Stir in some honey to sweeten – I used about 1/2 a tbsp – remove from the heat and serve.
This will last for a couple of days in the fridge and can be reheated.
The honey in the picture is local honey I picked up in town; it’s been a bit of a revelation as the flavour is just so much better than the standard runny honey I would normally buy. I never really realised there would be such a big difference and will look out for local honey again in the future. What ingredients do you like to splurge on?