Fortunately for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (compote de pommes, two ways, p 392) Neil came home last week with 100 apples from a colleague’s tree. Perfect timing. Compote de pommes is basically apple purée or apple sauce and Dorie’s recipe offers two ways to prepare it – first, prepared the traditional way where you cook peeled, cored and cut up apples with a little water and a tiny amount of sugar until they are soft enough to mash up with a fork.
Dorie’s method calls for running the compote through a food mill or a mesh strainer but I prefer my applesauce a little on the chunky side so I used a potato masher…
Sprinkled with a little cinnamon? Perfect any time of the day. I’ve had a bad migraine this week and the apple sauce has kept me going through hours of Parent-Teacher interviews. It’s comforting like that.
Dorie also offers a further preparation for the the apples to reduce them to a thicker, jammier consistency by returning the strained compote back to the pan and cooking it over a very very low heat, stirring often. She also suggests you can place the pan in the oven at 250˚F and bake it until it’s thick. I actually used my Bellini Kitchen Master – a home thermal blender – can read my first and second impressions to see what it’s like to work with.
I cooked the apples down in the Bellini though they didn’t darken and caramelize as I imagine they might have on the stovetop or in the oven. But the jammy consistency was there for sure.
This is adapted from a recipe over on Crème de Citron – Yolène calls for peanut butter on the bottom of the tart shell – I used a salted caramel spread, then topped it with the apple compote and then sliced apples. This was nice enough but I felt it needed the salt of the peanut butter – the spread I used was definitely not quite salty enough. But definitely a repeat recipe, for sure.
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