Apple Compote is a super simple and tasty way to enjoy apples! They're cooked with brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins and butter until soft and delicious. Enjoy on ice cream, oatmeal, waffles and more. Ready in 15 minutes with 6 simple ingredients.
This easy Apple Compote is a go-to recipe of mine. It's soooo simple to make and it is really versatile.
Diced apples and raisins are cooked in butter, cinnamon and brown sugar, until lovely and soft. If that sounds like bliss, you'd be right! It's a heavenly combination of flavors and textures.
I then use the fruit compote on ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt and so much more.
I have three apple trees. Yes, three! In a pretty small backyard.
One is a sweet eating apple, one is a tart cooking apple and the other is a dry cider apple.
Until last year, I thought we only had two apple trees.
Then we cut back a bush and this year a tiny spindly (think Charlie Brown's Christmas tree) tree appeared. It's a tiny tree that gave us a dozen HUGE cooking apples.
I hope next year it does even better.
For apple compote, you can use any variety of apples. I tend to use any that I have in the fruit bowl, or even a mixture of types, from sweet to tart.
I absolutely hate powdery apples. Some people love them, but me? Nope! But I soon get over the disappointment when I bite into one by knowing that they won't go to waste - they'll soon become compote!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
A great way to use up apples.
Full of wintery spices and plump raisins.
A versatile apple compote, perfect on pancakes, French toast and much more.
Ready in just 15 minutes.
A quick and easy recipe.
Keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Ingredients and Tools
You only need a few pantry ingredients for apple compote!
Apples - use whatever variety, or a mix. Cooking apples, eating, it doesn't matter. All that lovely buttery spice sauce will make them tasty regardless of the type.
Butter - use standard or vegan butter. It adds a lovely richness to the compote.
Brown sugar - use light, dark or raw brown sugar. They all work just fine. You can also swap it for white sugar or castor sugar.
Raisins - optional, but we love how they taste with the apples. Swap for dried cranberries for a festive flavor.
Cinnamon - I use ground, but you could swap it for a cinnamon stick.
Ginger - a little wintery heat really adds to this compote, but it's optional!
The only kitchen tools you need are a vegetable peeler for the apples, a cutting board to cut the apples and a skillet/frying pan and wooden spoon.
Step by step tutorial
Follow these photo steps and you'll soon have a warm dish of gently spiced soft, cooked apples.
Then, scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over a medium heat, then stir in the sugar and stir until it melts. Add the remaining ingredients.
Stir, cover and cook over a medium/low heat for 12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the apples are soft and begin to break down.
What type of apple should I use for apple compote?
You can use any kind! I make this recipe all the time and use whatever I have, from bitter cooking apples to sweeter eating apples.
Whether you use Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala or Golden Delicious, you're sure to love them in this apple compote.
How long does apple compote last? Keep it in the fridge in sealed container for up to 5 days. Then just reheat in a frying pan or enjoy cold.
Can I freeze apple compote? Yes! Let it cool completely, then store in the fridge in a sealed freezer-safe bag or container. Then allow to thaw and reheat in a pan.
I'm a HUGE fan of compote. It's just such a great way to use up seasonal fruit and there are loads of tasty ways to enjoy it. After trying this apple compote, I hope you'll want to try my other compote recipes too!
I hope you'll love this apple compote recipe as much as we do! If you still have apples leftover (like I do!) then be sure to try these other tasty apple recipes.
Get the recipe
Spiced Apple Compote with Raisins
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 cups peeled cored and diced apples (approx 4 apples, 350g)
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over a medium heat, then stir in the sugar and stir until it melts.
- Add the remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook over a medium/low heat for 12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the apples are soft and begin to break down.
- Enjoy on oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt and more.