Friday, November 8, 2013

Compote de Pommes Two Ways

Compote de Pommes Two Ways
This week for French Friday With Dorie, the group  made "Compote de Pommes Two Ways."   Compote de Pommes is basically applesauce.  Dorie's version is easy to make and extremely delicious.

Start by peeling, coring, (you can skip this step if you have a food mill), and cutting the apples into chunks.  Place the apples in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and add water and brown sugar.  Cook until the apples are soft.  You will be able to crush them with the back of a spoon.  If your apples get too dry you can add more water as you cook.  Once the apples are cooked you run them through a food mill or strainer.   If you want chunky applesauce leave it as is.   Taste the sauce and add some more sugar if needed.  Next, add some vanilla extract to the Compote de Pommes. I served mine with a dollop of creme fraiche.

The second version is a thicker and jammier sauce.  You strain the compote and return the compote to the sauce pan.  Cook it over the lowest heat and stir  until you have a thick spreadable mixture.  Or if you wish you can put the pan in a 250 degree F oven and bake until the compote is thick.

The family enjoyed this recipe.  I loved what the vanilla extract did for the sauce.  It gave it  an extra flavor boost.

This recipe can be found on pages 392-393 in "Around My French Table."

14 comments:

  1. I went with chunky and it was delicious, Hubby and I really enjoyed it.

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  2. I really enjoyed the hint of vanilla in this applesauce…totally a winner! Have a great weekend, Gerry!

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  3. I agree. Discovering how well vanilla goes with applesauce was a bonus!

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  4. The vanilla was definitely a good thing.

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  5. I made the chunky version...sooooo good! No surprise that your family liked this one :)

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  6. I made apple butter yesterday but just haven't gotten around to making applesauce as of yet. Guess I'm pretty lucky, vanilla sounds like a great addition! Thanks for sharing, Geraldine...

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  7. As this was my first foray into homemade applesauce, it had not dawned on my that vanilla was a new twist. We just loved it. Great job and I love your new blog header shot- VERY southwest...:)

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  8. I loved the vanilla too! Unexpected but delicious. I will be making this one again.

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  9. Geraldine, sounds like you really enjoyed making this "humble" version of homemade apple compote - it is a wonderful recipe indeed and what a lovely idea to enjoy it with with crème fraîche! Although a day late we still loved this compote too...
    Have a great Sunday!i

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  10. This was great and I enjoyed my chunky version. So simple and yet versatile!

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  11. Geraldine your applesauce looks delicious! This one was easy and so very good.

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  12. love that sauce.. i must try it.

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  13. I liked this one too. Next time I'll have to try it with Vanilla - sounds delish.

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  14. I just mashed mine with a potato masher - love chunky applesauce. And the vanilla was a lovely addition, wasn't it?

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