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Caramelized apple compote in a jar next to a spoon and apples

Simple Caramelized Apple Compote

An easy recipe for apple compote with deep apple flavor and toasty caramel notes.
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Course: compotes
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: apple compote recipe, easy apple compote, how to make compote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Kristi


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ vanilla bean split and scraped
  • ¼ cup water
  • Squeeze of lemon juice


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and cook until bubbling, about 1 minute.
  • Add apples, vanilla bean paste and the pod and saute, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.  
  • Add water, reduce heat to low and cook for an additional minute.  Remove from the heat and add lemon juice. Serve warm or allow mixture to cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to store.  Compote will last for about 1 week in the fridge.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg