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Apple Compote

With tender apples, warm Autumn spices and a sweet luxurious sauce, this Apple Compote is an amazing topping on pancakes, cheesecake and all kinds of breakfasts and desserts.
Course Breakfast or Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Cinnamon Compote, Apple Compote, Apple Compote for Pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 137kcal
Author Heather


  • 4 medium apples *peeled, cored and roughly diced. See Note #1 below
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar *either light or dark
  • 1/2 cup water See Note #2 below
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon See Note #3 below
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger See Note #4 below
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Peel, core and dice apples into 1/2- 3/4 inch pieces. Add apple chunks to a medium sized stainless steel sauce pan. 
  • To the apples add, brown sugar, spices, vanilla extract and water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Lower heat to medium and simmer until apples are tender, about 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • When the compote is done the apples slices will be tender with a rich luxurious sauce. 


Recipe Notes
Note #1- Using 3 baking apples (such as Granny Smith apples) and 1 eating apple (such as Fuji apples) will add different textures and the eating apple will add a little extra sweetness. 
Note #2- Orange juice or apple cider can replace the water for extra sweetness. 
Note #3- Ceylon cinnamon is considered to be "true cinnamon" and has the most amazing flavor. 
Note #4- Ground ginger is an optional item. However, its addittion adds a pleasant warm undertone that makes this compote irresistible. 


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg