Oven Baked Apple Compote

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Apples cook in the oven with brown sugar and spices, making for an easy delicious breakfast or dessert compote.

I’m on this little mission to make our meal prep easier and quicker. I love the process of cooking, but some days are just crazy with homeschooling (FIVE students this year), running kids to piano or hockey or science, keeping up on housework, and then of course, writing and cooking.

One way that I am streamlining the process is to teach my three older boys (14, 11, and 9) to do some more independent cooking. This has been met with fairly positive reactions. No one grumbles when I call him to the kitchen to watch a demonstration — unless the game is on — so I think we’re on the right track. They love to eat and want to know how to cook.

Another technique I’m utilizing is to convert into oven or crockpot recipes those that might have called for me to stand by at the stove. So, bacon and fried chicken are getting baked in the oven instead of the frypan. The same goes for our favorite sauteed apples. This recipe met with rave reviews when I first made it last week and has been requested several times over.

Amazing that it is so simple and yet so good.

Apples are tossed with melted butter, brown sugar, and spices and baked in the oven. The result is tender spiced apples perfect to eat on their own or to top pancakes or oatmeal for breakfast. They’d also be wonderful atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a simple and gluten-free dessert. Booyah!

This past weekend, I prepped 10 pounds of apples for this purpose to make ahead and freeze. (I used this thing to help me do it quickly!)

Then, I combined the mixture of apples, sugar, spices, and lemon juice in ziptop bags and tossed them in the freezer. Now, I can pull out a bag at night, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, empty the bag’s contents into a baking dish in the morning, dot with butter and then let it bake while I take a shower or tackle some other morning task.

If you don’t want to use your prepped and frozen apples for compote, you could also use them to fill a pie shell or puff pastry.

What’s your favorite dish to top with apples?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Cassie says

    Do you think it would work to bake and then freeze? Just thinking it would take up less room in the freezer and you would just have to heat them up but not actually bake them. Anytime I can NOT use my oven to heat up the house is usually better (we live in FL).

    • Jessica says

      I don’t think space is an issue if you freeze the mixture in ziploc bags. But, yes, you could totally cook the apples first and then freeze them. The same mixture could be tossed in a crockpot, too. I have friends in hot weather country who move the crockpot OUTSIDE so even that isn’t heating the house. 😉

      • Sandi says

        @Jessica, Ha! This Florida girl was just going to ask if there was any reason a crockpot would not work for this. From freezer to crock to simmer overnight and be ready for oatmeal in the morning sounds perfect to me. I’ll probably skip that peeling step, though.

  2. Leah says

    Thanks for the “food for thought.” I hadn’t thought of trying things in the oven that I had previously had to stand over the stove to cook. Hmmm…lots of experimenting ahead!

    • Jessica says

      That’s what I’m thinking. Oven or crockpot or maybe even rice cooker.

  3. Looks so good, Jessica! I made sure to pin this to my Side Dishes board. Thank you!

  4. I haven’t made this in so long, I so have to make it again. So easy and an awesome dessert, thanks!

  5. Denise says

    I’m not a cook by any means, but I’ve been wanting to know how to make apple compote. There is a baby food by Earth’s Best that my daughter loves that has apple compote in it (i think it’s Chicken Apple Compote). Now that she isn’t eating baby food anymore, I need to make this for her! Thank you!

  6. Sandi says

    I’m also thinking some walnuts or pecans would be a nice addition.

  7. Ellisa says

    I’d love to try this, except my hubby HATES cloves. Would it be as good if I left them out, or is there a substitution for cloves?

  8. Katie says

    Sounds great but I am going to throw it in the crock pot!

  9. Sharon says

    Ahhhh. This is wonderful. Perfect addition to oatmeal for my hubby who can’t eat raw apples, but can eat cooked! Now I just need to research some other apple varieties that are good for cooking. I’m sure there’s a list somewhere on the web. Google, here I come!

  10. Wendy says

    I canned something similar. On Christmas I made some later we had some on our cheesecake was very delicious.

  11. Carla says

    On Mother’s Day I scrapped my dinner menu due to me getting over a stomach bug. We went out for lunch but wanted something light for dinner. DH gladly grabbed a loaf of texas toast when i told him I’d do French toast for a breakfast dinner (the only time I buy the stuff). Hmm, forgot syrup but had already started the FT. Remembered seeing this recipe, saw my big bag of apples and whipped up a big batch on the stovetop (since I was time-crunched). Made sure there was extra “sauce” to go with it and this replaced syrup. Made some whipped cream. My boys came in, “Wow, you are the best mom EVER.” Hmmm, so easy to please. Maybe new bribery to get them to clean their rooms?? DH didn’t complain either. Cannot wait for fall to get bulk apples and do some to freeze–oh, I slice real thin then chop and leave the skins on (since I don’t have one of those wonderful devices). 😉

  12. Susan says

    Vanilla ice cream is my favorite thing to top with cooked apples

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