Sunday, March 21, 2010

Compote or Applesauce ?

In France just about every cooked pureed fruit is put under the heading of "Compote" in anglo saxon terms cooked Apples fall under Applesauce.
Both my kids like just about every average French baby/toddler start of eating compote for dessert and this continues to their adult years. Not to get sidetracked but a thick apple compote cooked with some rum and served over yogurt can be a very delightful comforting dessert and one my hubby's favorite desserts. Ok I'll go back to my original post now.
I like many mums choose to make both my kids compote myself, its rather easy and has become a Sunday tradition for me. Our "compotes" are made with fruit of the season, so for now my two kids are probably getting rather tired of Apples and Apple/Pear combinations.

The recipe for this is fool proof really but the results are amazing

Apples, Pears & Raisin ( Raisin sec)Compote

  • 1 kilo (approx 10 ) apples (Chantclair)
  • 1 kilo (approx 10)  pears (Conference)
  • 1 tsp (cc) Cinnamon
  • 2 tbs (cs) Raisins (Raisin Sec)
  • 2 tbs  (cc)of water
Any pot will do but I prefer either a cocotte or a dutch oven (heavy pan) to do this in.
  • Peel apples and pears and put in pot
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins
  • Add water just so that the sugars that are released from the apples don't cause it to burn
  • Cook until soft on medium to low heat for approx 45mins but depends on fruit
  • You could at this stage leave it like this or purée it. The simplest way to purée it is with the blender attachment for your hand held mixer
  • Purée until you reach the conistency that yo like
  • I like to continue to let it simmer for the juices to evaporate and the taste to become even more pronounced
I tend to reserve half of the compote for immediate use the beginning of the week and then I freeze in ice cube trays the remaining, this way I have easy sized portions that I take out the morning and by snack time its ready to eat. An additional teething tip: the ice blocks may good teething rings for soothing those tender gums.

Let me know if you try it ?


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