Apple compote

There are plenty of delicious apples right now, and they are perfect for making apple compote. You can enjoy the compote on bread or as a topping for breakfast if you have porridge, yogurt, or the like. Read on here to get our easy recipe for delicious apple compote.

apple compote with vanilla and cinnamon in a jar

Easy Compote with Apples

There are so many delicious apples right now, and many are fortunate to have an abundance of apples in their garden. If you’re one of them, then this recipe is perfect for you.

If you don’t have apples in your garden, you can still use store-bought apples to make a delicious compote.

Apple compote can be enjoyed with many things. It’s super tasty on top of rice pudding or oatmeal, and it’s something kids love to have for breakfast when there’s porridge on the table.

It can also be enjoyed in pancakes, on a freshly baked bun, or on a piece of cheese.

In fact, only your imagination sets the limit, and it’s wonderful to have a jar of it in the refrigerator.

This version includes cinnamon and vanilla, but you can also spice it up and add a bit of ginger, cardamom, or other warm spices if you like. That will give it an extra taste of autumn.

jar of homemade apple compote

Ingredient notes

Apples – Preferably slightly tart apples that can be cooked down when prepared.

Sugar – A small amount of sugar is needed. You can also use a sugar substitute if you want to make apple compote without sugar. Sugar can be replaced with cane sugar.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon and apples go together perfectly. By using a cinnamon stick, you get the good flavors of cinnamon without getting the powder in your compote. That way, it remains a nice color and isn’t murky.

Vanilla – Vanilla enhances the delicious apple flavor. We usually use vanilla paste, but the seeds from a vanilla bean can also be used. You can also replace some of the sugar with vanilla sugar.

Water – A small amount of water is needed, but the apples also release some juice when cooked.

How to make apple compote?

Making homemade apple compote is super easy, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll definitely want to make it again and again.

First, wash the apples and remove the core, then cut them into small cubes. Then, put them in a saucepan along with all the other ingredients and cook until the compote reaches the desired consistency.

It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

compote made with apples

Frequently asked questions

How do you store apple compote?

The finished apple compote should be stored in a jar in the refrigerator. It can last for about a week.

Can apple compote be frozen?

Yes, it can be frozen. Let it thaw in the refrigerator, and it will be ready to serve.

But I don’t like peel in my apple compote?

If you’re not fond of the apple peel, you can peel the apples before cutting them into cubes. It’s entirely up to you.

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Tips and tricks for the recipe

  • The cooking time for your compote can vary depending on the type of apples you use and how cooked down you want the consistency. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on the consistency during cooking and remove the pot from heat when you’re satisfied.
  • The sweetness of the apples can also vary, so taste and add a bit more sugar if necessary.
  • You can also try adding a couple of centimeters of grated fresh ginger and a little lemon juice to the compote. It’s delightful to serve with meat dishes as well.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve apple compote with cheese or as part of a cheese platter.
  • Enjoy it as a topping on a bun or a piece of French bread.
  • Serve it on top of your morning porridge or yogurt.

Do you have a lot of apples?

Also try our recipe for Frangipane apple tart
apple compote in a jar
apple compote with vanilla and cinnamon

Recipe for the best compote with apples

We just love apple compote at home, and fortunately, it’s super easy to make yourself. This version is quite classic with vanilla and cinnamon.

We hope you feel like trying the recipe and serving apple compote for breakfast or on a homemade bun for the kids. They will surely love it!

apple compote with vanilla and cinnamon in a jar

Apple compote

Recipe for apple compote
Easy apple compote with apples, vanilla, and cinnamon that you can serve on top of porridge, such as rice pudding or oatmeal, or on a freshly baked bun. Making apple compote is simple, and if you have apples in your garden, it's a delightful project to undertake.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 128 kcal


  • 4 apples
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste
  • ½ dl water


  • Wash the apples and remove the cores. Cut the apples into approximately 1×1 cm cubes.
    4 apples
  • Place the apples in a saucepan along with the sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla paste, and water. Bring it to a boil.
    30 g sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, ½ tsp vanilla paste, ½ dl water
  • Cover with a lid and let the compote simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. The cooking time depends on the type of apples you’ve used and the desired consistency of your apple compote. I simmer it for 20-30 minutes, achieving a moderately chunky compote. If you want it more cooked down, simply simmer it for a longer duration.
  • Store the finished compote in a jar in the refrigerator and serve it on top of porridge, bread, or with meat dishes, for example.


Serving: 1personCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 5gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Apple compote, Compote with apples
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