Friday, November 8, 2013

FFWD ~ Compote de Pommes-Two Ways (French Applesauce)

FFWD  Compote de Pommes ~ French Applesauce
Have you ever noticed how lovely everything sounds in French?  I always thought of French as an elegant, graceful language.  Romantic!  Everything you say sounds so special!  This is especially true when it comes to food.  Our recipe this week for French Fridays is Compote de Pommes.  Applesauce!  Now you have to admit, it sounds so much more special when you say Compote de Pommes.  It makes me want to serve it in pretty crystal bowls, but alas, it is still applesauce.  I’ve made applesauce before, adding cinnamon and other accoutrements, but Dories applesauce is really just about the apple. Perfectly delectable!  
The addition of the vanilla made this applesauce a touch above the rest
I went to a local farm stand the other day, and bought some beautiful Jersey Fresh Jonagold apples. Autumn is a great time of the year, apples are plentiful, fresh from the trees and bursting with flavor!  The Jonagolds were so crisp and fresh looking, and I thought they would be perfect for the Compote de Pommes.  This was truly a simple recipe.  I had gone out for a ladies lunch yesterday, and never got home in time to make my applesauce. So this morning, at 6:30 A.M., I was busy making my Compote de Pommes.  I washed the apples and cut them into chunks.  Dorie suggests, if you have a food mill, leaving the peel on and not coring the apple. However, it wasn’t registering with my brain. I had to core those apples!  Next, place them in a pan with a small amount of water, to prevent scorching, and add a tablespoon of brown sugar.  Let them simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, on medium-low heat, or until they have softened.  Put them through a food mill and add some vanilla.  At this point you could add a touch more sugar, if you like. Mine was perfect just the way it was.  Most of the sweetness came from the apples.  The flavor of vanilla was a wonderful touch and, took this applesauce from just plain applesauce to Compote de Pommes!  That’s it!  A perfect treat to enjoy after our morning walk!  Happy Friday everyone!

This post participates with French Friday’s with Dorie.  To see what the other Doristas have done check it out here.  The recipe can be found here.

Chunks of apples with added water and brown sugar
Cook on medium-low until softened
Put through a food mill
Perfectly delectable! 
I have to get back to the farm for more of those luscious apples!  I see Compote de Pommes on my Thanksgiving Day table


35 comments:

  1. Beautiful presentation. Loved the vanilla. You are right, everything sounds elegant in French.

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  2. I love the gorgeous, golden color of your applesauce!

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  3. So simple, yet it never ceases to amaze me how good applesauce tastes!

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  4. Well, with the addition of vanilla and butter I think this is the most elegant applesauce I've ever had. I love the color of yours… and the garnish nice touch.

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  5. This is exactly how this compote should look - love the color. And, I agree, it was absolutely delicious, so simply made. Although I am not posting until next week, I served this applesauce in layers with plain vanilla Greek yoghurt - fabulous. And, added your fig, hazelnut and pepper biscotti. The perfect little bite to go along with the elegant sauce.

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    1. I am so happy you have enjoyed the biscotti! I think the applesauce sounds wonderful with the yogurt!

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  6. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving! Like you, I was a big fan of the vanilla in the compote de pommes. Hope you have a great weekend, Kathy!

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  7. So simple and so good. Typical Dorie.

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  8. You make me want to make some apple compote for the dessert today!

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  9. So beautiful, Kathy! And I agree...all these dishes sound much better in French :)

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  10. It seems that last week I had the perfect kitchen tool (silicone mitts) for the job and this week I'm wishing that I had a food mill too. Isn't that the way, this is why I can spend hours in kitchen-ware stores.

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. yes, will be getting the ingredient above... love it.

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  12. I thought this was nice too. I've made this several times, since it's a nice change from berries with my yogurt and granola. I usually core, peel and roughly mash the apples. I got inspired by the Doristas and made another batch with pears added, then cardamom, a bit of lemon and the vanilla - and used the mill. Pretty fun!

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  13. I agree with how beautiful everything sounds in French. Since I can not speak the language, my grasp of a few words meant I knew this involved apples. When I realized it was an easy applesauce, I loved it even more. Like you, I made it early in the morning. A forgiving recipe, this made me feel as though it was going to be a positive and productive day !! (and it was, thanks Dorie !!) Lovely photos and I enjoyed seeing the sliced apple as I think my kids would actually enjoy trying to eat it scooped up with this :) I need to hit a farm stand before the season is over, and make this again !

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  14. Looks lovely and delicious, Kathy. I sometimes wonder why we bother to purchase many
    items, such as applesauce in a jar, when it is so simple to make. We loved it, and I will
    definitely do this again.

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  15. Delicious sounding applesauce! I really like the second photo - how the soft light plays off the spoons.

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  16. Your applesauce looks beautiful and delicious! This was a really fun one to make!

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  17. I love how you present Kathy! I love apples ooo much!

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  18. Kathy,
    This looks and sounds delicious!
    xo
    annie

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  19. Kathy, delicious looking homemade apple compote - glad that we all seem to agree on this wonderful recipe from Dorie!
    Have a nice Sunday!

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  20. Awesome color in your apple compote! I dare say I will be making this again, and again!

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  21. Kathy your Compote de Pommes does indeed look delicious, even in your simple white bowls:) French is a beautiful language and I keep telling myself I will learn it but never do! Thank you for your kind words regarding the loss of my friend. It has been a wretched time but we are all trying to process it. Luckily I have many fun memories of her to retreat into when her loss becomes too painful. The support of friends really does make a difference! Thank you!

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  22. Sounds wonderful, it seems like everyone loves apple sauce but this one looks extra special!

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  23. Yes, everything does sound better in French! But whatever language you use, your applesauce looks delightful.

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  24. Una receta ràpida y rica en casa hago siempre compotas,adoro las manzanas ,abrazos..

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  25. I like apple sauce in any language. How about almaszósz?

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  26. I just made that the other day, I had no idea it was called French applesauce in English! looks great!

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  27. This applesauce looks and sounds delicious whatever language you use Kathy! To my Greek eyes this is perfect!

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  28. Dear Kathy, I grew up with apple trees in the backyard and my mom would always make homemade applesauce. It is a wonderful treat.
    You are correct sometimes simple things sound so grand in French! and then you say, "oh, is that what that means!"
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  29. I guess french dessert is always fancy and sexy.....
    i've try pear compote before but none with apple, tempting to try!

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  30. I agree that compote de pommes is far more romantic than apple sauce. Yours looks lovely. I peeled my apples but clearly it wasn't necessary.

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  31. Kathy, I would be happy with a simple and delicious dessert such as this apple compote...with a super fancy French name! You made it so perfect and totally inviting!

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  32. How did I miss this post? Your applesauce looks great! I made (and canned) a little pear sauce this year and would have made more if I'd realized how much I would like it. Next year I plan to get more organized and can little jars of both for my daughter's school lunch!

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  33. Great photos! I love the presentation with the apple slices.

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  34. Great photos, Kathy! I really enjoyed this recipe and yours looks perfectly elegant (in English or in French).

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