ffwD: Compote de Pommes


This week’s assignment, compote de pommes, or homemade applesauce was extremely easy to make. The hardest part, if you can even call it that, was peeling and coring the six Fuji and Gala apples needed to end up with approximately 2&1/2 cups of applesauce. In my opinion, taking 30 minutes to boil down the chunks of six apples seemed a bit time-consuming just for applesauce, especially since the last 10 minutes required continuously adding more water to the pan. (Although this may have occurred because I had the heat on too high.)

Once the apples were mashable, I added four tablespoons of sugar and vanilla to the mixture because I planned on baking with the resulting applesauce. As I don’t have a food mill, I puréed the apple mash in my Magic Bullet, giving the applesauce a rather fine consistency. Although this was an easy and tasty recipe, I don’t see myself making it again.

FYI, I’ll be posting my baked good incorporating this homemade applesauce later next week. This applesauce, or compote de pommes, was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TrafficDiva
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 05:35:54

    Happy Friday! All we need to go with this is a roasted pork loin!!! I’m hungry..Hahah!!! =)

  2. SandraM
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 06:20:14

    Homemade applesauce is always good. But I rarely if ever make it. Can’t wait to see what you’re making with it!! 🙂

  3. nana
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 06:53:36

    Looks absolutely delicious, and I agree with TrafficDiva, a roast pork would
    go beautifully with this. Have to keep that in mind next time I make pork.

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 06:54:26

    Once you’ve made your own applesauce, store bought is never good enough is it? 🙂

  5. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 07:45:01

    I rarely make this either but should do. I preferred the “quick” method.

  6. chef mimi
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 08:36:00

    I wonder if a pressure cooker would help. I just bought one but I haven’t tried it out yet! It’s sitting next to my deep fryer I finally bought…

  7. ANDi
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 08:54:29

    Looks great you need a food mill! It would help to making applesauce so much easier. I bet after you ate this homemade the store applesauce just doesn’t make it! Andi.

  8. Anita Menon
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 10:35:07

    Eggless recipes ask for apple sauce and I was looking for some. Will check this recipe out…thanks for sharing

  9. dulceshome
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 12:18:20

    Looking forward to your baking as well! I actually make this fairly often (or some version) so that I can have it with my yogurt for breakfast. Of course, I also just keep it chunky, so it’s a little easier… 🙂

  10. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 13:47:24

    I will be watching for your future post on baking with the apple sauce. I did enjoy this recipe. Loved waht the vanilla did for the sauce. Have a great weekend:)

  11. bakeawaywithme.com
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 15:13:56

    I agree with Maureen…store bought just doesn’t compare to homemade. I only added ¼ cup of water to mine and never added any more…and my apples cooked quickly. It might have been the variety that I used. Yours does look yummy!

  12. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 16:39:48

    Omg! Looks so yummy!

  13. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 17:17:38

    WOW does this look good!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. oneexpatslife
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 17:23:08

    I didn’t have to add more water, but this really did tie me to the stove for a while. Mine needed pretty constant stirring. So, agreed, good, but not sure I’ll make it again.

  15. Cathleen
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 18:30:18

    It has been ages since I made applesauce. How does something so simple, look so good!

  16. Tanusree
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 19:42:37

    wasn’t this tasty ! I really enjoyed it. will be looking forward for your baked goodies.

  17. betsy
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 20:04:43

    Sorry this wasn’t a hit for you, Guyla. I didn’t have to add any extra water after that first 1/4 cup either. Not that you need another gadget, but if you had a food mill, you wouldn’t have to spend any time peeling or coring, just chop those apples up. The food mill will strain it all out. Looking forward to hearing more about your applesauce baked goods!

  18. teaandscones
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 20:24:15

    I left mine really chunky. We aren’t applesauce eaters but we do love chunky apples in things.

  19. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 22:57:28

    It seems quite a lot of hard work went into this!

  20. Carolyn Jung
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 23:20:51

    Love homemade applesauce. I often add some fresh grated ginger to mine. Mmm!

  21. EmilyC
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 00:37:28

    Your applesauce looks great, pity you are not impressed with the ratio of work and results.

  22. greyhousejournal
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 02:04:39

    Frankly, I’ve never been a pork and apple-anything person. So this recipe is lost on me. Looking forward to your next apple recipe mentioned in your post!

  23. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 04:03:51

    One of my favourite things. I try to remember to have some in the fridge as often as possible.

  24. kitchen flavours
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 07:52:28

    Your applesauce looks great, would be perfect with some pancakes for breakfast!

  25. cquek
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 09:30:51

    thoroughly addictive,thanks for this wonderful recipe

  26. Tricia
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 10:06:17

    Appears I definitely had beginners luck with mine since it basically turned into apple sauce in the pan as I cooked it down. I used my calphalon anodized sauce pan that weighs a metric ton but I think because it was so heavy it helped them turned to mush easily. By stirring with a slotted spoon I didn’t need any further mushing. I love the color you got on yours- yummy !

  27. Balvinder
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 11:30:04


  28. apuginthekitchen
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 11:30:48

    I love homemade applesauce, I find it easier to make it in the oven, I don’t peel the apples just put quarters in baking dish with a little sugar or honey,pinch of salt, apple cider and sometimes a cinnamon stick. I cover the dish with foil and bake in a 350 oven until the apples are tender it generally takes about 30-40 minutes, peel the skin away and mash and you are done,

  29. Guyla
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 13:04:35

    Seems like some of us loved this and some of us didn’t think it worth the trouble. We loved it but we cook apples quite a bit and had never added vanilla which is a fine idea! Yours looks great!

  30. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 15:36:50

    All that peeling is definitely a pain, but the end result is worth it!! 🙂

  31. hotlyspiced
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 16:31:17

    That’s amazing! I just posted homemade apple sauce too although mine only took 15 minutes and I added spices rather than vanilla. It’s always handy to have homemade apple sauce in the fridge xx

  32. saffronandhoney
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 18:15:44

    Somewhat time consuming, I agree, but I have such a soft spot for apple sauce 🙂

  33. Chocolate Shavings
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 05:12:09

    This is definitely the best time of year to make apple sauce! I love stirring some in my steel cut oats — yum!

  34. Karen
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 09:51:41

    Perhaps the apples had been in storage to a bit if you needed to add so much water. I’m looking forward to your recipe using the compote.

  35. Karen Xavier
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 12:07:56

    I love making apple sauce too, I use them to make granola bars… nice post.

  36. Tammy
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 17:44:11

    I used to freeze something like that for the occasional dessert.

  37. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 18:05:02

    I love Fuji and Gala apples so glad to see this fresh apple recipe!

  38. Liz Berg
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 21:15:21

    Looking forward to your baked goods 🙂

  39. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 21:20:56

    I am a big fan of applesauce.. it’s going to be great seeing what you use it for this week!

  40. Nilu A
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 03:14:04

    Looks yummy dear.. I’m definitely going to try making it.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. Gloria
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 05:07:25

    This is a classical dessert but so good when well prepared!

  42. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 06:35:02

    I love homemade applesauce! I make it every year after we go apple picking!

  43. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 08:04:15

    Home made apple sauce is a year round treat; I try to make enough to freeze small portions to last until next year’s apple season.

  44. tastytreats13
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 08:11:46

    Oh that sounds delicious! It looks lovely!

  45. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 10:26:55

    I love fresh apple sauce. My tree didn’t give me apples this year-the first time in a long time! But generally, I make as much apple sauce as I can and freeze it. I add cinnamon red hots and when they melt they turn the sauce a pretty pink and it tastes like cinnamon. And I love it really cold! Weird, I know!

  46. Tracy
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 11:22:13

    I love homemade apple sauce. I always love having breakfast at my parent’s home because my mom has always made the best applesauce.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  47. Mireia
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 12:03:51

    This looks really simple and delicious!

  48. Beth
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 13:16:43

    Making homemade applesauce is a lot of work, but you just can’t beat the flavour. Thanks for sharing!

  49. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 13:38:33

    I think I could scrounge up some apples for this, yum!

  50. Cher
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 17:23:41

    Looking forward to see what you made with it!

  51. Juliana
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 22:26:28

    I just made once apple sauce…time to make this again…yum!
    Have a great week, and yes, I am back 😀

  52. Raymund
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 00:19:56

    I think I will start making my own apple sauce from now on, looks simple

  53. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 01:42:47

    I have to stop coming here before breakfast, you’re killing me! This looks so good x

  54. Mary Hirsch
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 20:06:23

    I will be adding the flavoring but will return to my tried and true crockpot for my applesauce. Have always made it that way. I have already seen your bundt cake and am making it this week. Copy cat. Copy cat. Thank you. Thank you.

  55. Johanna GGG
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 03:17:08

    We stew apples regularly and it is quite easy because I just leave it and stir when I remember (sometimes it is on the verge of catching but at least I can smell it). Shame you didn’t have a good experience but I found some useful advice in the comments here.

  56. Cakelaw
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:21:39

    Your sauce turned out great. I didn’t sweeten mine and it was still so good I ate it from the jar.

  57. LeDressingDeLaurie
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 08:44:16

    Delicious !

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