Apple and Raisin Compote for Random Recipe #19

Uncategorized | August 18, 2012 | By

It’s ‘back to basics’ at Random Recipes this month, just the pure and simple Random Recipe Challenge.  I took the lazy route of shutting my eyes and pointing at my book shelves, rather than doing things by numbers, but the random book I chose was Rose Elliot’s “The New Vegetarian Cookbook”.  There isn’t anything much new about it now as it was published in 1986!  It’s a great little book so if you don’t own a copy, look out for one.

Again, I just ‘let the book fall open naturally at the place’ (fans of Ivor Cutler may appreciate that) and found myself at p75 in the Quick Main Meals section.  I chose to make the Apple and Raisin Compote because I had some apples which arrived in my grocery delivery in a somewhat bashed state, not great for eating but perfect for cooking and holding their shape.  I combined them with some Bramley cooking apples which cook down to a nice mush.

Apple and Raisin Compote

750g/1 and a half pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tsp honey (recipe states 2 tbsp but I found 2 tsp to be enough, I used Scottish Heather Honey)
1 small, well scrubbed orange
pinch of ground cloves
50g/2oz raisins

To serve: Greek Yogurt (I used 0% Fat Greek Yogurt)

Put the apples in a heavy-based saucepan with the honey, orange rind and juice, ground cloves and raisins.  Heat gently for 10 minutes until the apples are tender.   Serve hot or cold with the yogurt.

Easy isn’t it?  But I tell you the smell of the honey, apples, cloves and orange was divine, I wish I could share it with you.

If you would like to take part in the Random Recipes Challenge, visit Dom at Belleau Kitchen for full details. The challenge is open until 29th August, 2012.

I used the photo of this recipe for the 365+1 photo prompt/digital layout that I do on my other blog for crafting,  Serial Crafter, I thought I’d share the layout here too!

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A Trifle Rushed

What a perfect recipe, I can see me eating this regularly over the winter as I try and cut calories, but still have food with great flavour.
Co-incidentally I'm also posting a compote, the photos are done but it will take a few days to post!
Your super photos put mine to shame:-)


I love compote for breakfast with some home-made yoghurt spooned over the top. This one is getting book marked, sounds and looks delish ;0)

Baking Addict

Yum! This looks delicious – I love apple desserts 🙂

Dom at Belleau Kitchen

Gorgeous photography and a gorgeous recipe. Love a good compote. I like mine nice and sour!! Glad you found it nice and easy this month it really does look like a good one! Thanks for taking part xx

Karen S Booth

I love fruit compotes and yours looks VERY elegant Janice and would suit me for breakfast as well as dessert!

Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand

All wonderful flavours Janice. A fab. breakfast!


Oooh, delicious, love the sound of the spices. I ought to make fruit compotes more often – it's such an easy way to eat more fruit.

Debs Dust Bunny

Yum! You could almost feel virtuous eating this! I can imagine how wonderful it smells. : )