Easy Apple Compote

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Hey there, fellow food lovers! Today, I’m sharing a bit of kitchen brilliance from the heart of So Radish—our beloved Apple Compote recipe. This sweet gem was a silent star on our brunch menu, as the perfect companion to our fan-favorite Snickerdoodle French Toast. However, this compote is no one-hit wonder. It’s a versatile addition that can grace your table in various delightful ways.

Apple Compote Origin

Before we delve into the recipe, let’s give a nod to the creator of this delightful treat. As I mentioned in the Snickerdoodle French Toast post, the person who created the apple compote did not want to be credited, but it’s worth mentioning that she also gifted us our beloved cornbread recipe (stay tuned for that kitchen delight!).

Choosing the Right Apple

Now, about those apples. I’ve listed Fuji apples in the recipe, since that’s what we use at So Radish, the beauty of this recipe lies in its flexibility. Other baking apples can step in—Honeycrisps, for instance, with their delightful flavor and firm texture when cooked, are excellent alternatives.

A quick tip: Not all apples play well in the cooking pot. Stick to baking apples, steering clear of those that might collapse into applesauce. For guidance, Chris Morocco of Bon Appétit has some excellent apple recommendations.

Snickerdoodle French Toast, topped with Apple Compote

Crafting the Perfect Apple Compote

With your apples chosen, the rest is simple. It’s a mingling of flavors—apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, golden raisins, and a pinch of salt. Just a gentle simmer, and you’ve got yourself the perfect apple compote!

Versatility Beyond Brunch

While our Apple Compote played sidekick to our Snickerdoodle French Toast, it’s more versatile than you might think. Picture it on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or as an instant dessert upgrade over vanilla ice cream. This compote is a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire.

Closing Note

So, there you have it—our Apple Compote, a silent hero in the So Radish brunch lineup. If you try this recipe, or if you have any questions, please let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to tag us on social media at @we_make_pretty. Happy cooking! 🍏

Apple Compote

Enjoy this delightful apple compote as a topping for So Radish’s Snickerdoodle French Toast, as a side dish, or a sweet treat on its own.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 4



  • 3 Fuji apples
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 cup Golden raisins
  • Pinch of Salt



  • Prepare the Apples: Peel, core, and cut the apples into bite-sized chunks.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the prepared apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Stir until the mixture starts bubbling.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the apples have softened but still maintain some texture. This usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Incorporate the raisins into the compote and simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the compote from heat. Serve it warm or hot. Cool any leftovers and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Keyword Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Fruity, Sweets
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