Apple Cranberry Compote


I know exactly what’s going to happen.  All nine jars of my canned compote will be on display Saturday at the market, and everyone will ask what they are supposed to do with it.  This is what happened earlier in the year when I had jarred cherries jubilee for sale.  My typical response  was to suggest that customers warm it up and put it over ice cream.  Then a lady who stopped by our booth said she thought it should be used on waffles.  Great idea.  I started using it when someone would ask.

Compote won’t be so easy.  What will I tell them?  Put it over vanilla ice cream?  I guess so.  Maybe.  But this flavor combo I would use the same way I would serve apple or cranberry sauce, since it is basically apple/cranberry sauce.  Perfect with poultry or pork.

Maybe I’ll just wait for a suggestion from another customer.  I learn so much every week at the market from them and the other vendors.  But I think my favorite way to eat it will always be in a bowl with a spoon, warm.  I just sampled it this way and it made the perfect midnight snack.  Sweet and tart, spicy and warm. Really nice on what was a drizzly fall day.

When I had the idea to make my holiday compote, I was hoping it would end up a beautiful, ruby red color from the cranberries.  Mission accomplished.  It was really fun to watch the color deepen as it cooked.

A printable gift set that includes this recipe, beautifully printed on a fall themed recipe card, a dozen mason jar lid labels that fit perfectly between a mason jar lid and its ring, and the large gift tag pictured below, great for tying to a gift basket full of jars, apples, and cranberries for a friend, is available in my Edible Tapestry Etsy shop. Just click on the sample gift tag below to be redirected to the shop listing.



8 cups firm apples, peeled, cored, cubed

1 (12 oz.) bag of fresh cranberries

2 c. granulated sugar

2 c. water

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. salt

Zest of one lemon

1/2 c. German Gluhwein (spiced red wine)

1 tsp. vanilla


Combine all ingredients in a large pot.





Bring them to a boil.

Reduce the temperature to a simmer.  Cook for 30 minutes.


Preserve using proper canning procedures or keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.


Yield: 9 half pint jars


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    Hanna Laws
    October 18, 2013

    I will make this for Thanksgiving! Question….can I use fresh ginger? I have both, but wondered about grating in the fresh along with the zest of the lemon. Do you seal the jars or just refrigerate? I think I’ll try it with the ham I’m making Sunday since I can’t wait for Turkey day!

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      October 18, 2013

      Fresh ginger would be great.

      I sealed them, but think it will last about the same as apple or cranberry sauce in the fridge.

      Sounds so good with ham, or as a glaze for ham if you smash your apples with a potato masher, or cut them smaller than I did. It’s nice and syrupy.

      Someone else has suggested that it would be good over potato pancakes. I will try that, and use your ham and her pancake idea when customers ask tomorrow. Nice to have an arsenal of ideas so I don’t stand there stuttering. Ha ha.

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    Hanna Laws
    October 19, 2013

    Couldn’t wait for Sunday ham either. Making it right now to serve with pork roast for company tonight! Silly question about canning because when I made it today I saw that you had already put that in the recipe! Duh! Smells good in my kitchen. Thanks!

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