It was a typical Sunday afternoon for two of us until I realized a bag of dried apple in the refrigerator –right, I wasn’t aware of it for a long time! Mom II sent it in Autumn and told us to make compote from it in Winter. However, we completely forgot about it! Until this afternoon when I was checking what we had in it. There couldn’t be a better time to try it!
Compote is a kind of side dish in Turkish cuisine and it is absolutely served cold. As it is already cold outside, I thought it would be better to serve hot, just like a herbal tea. So this one is like a fruit tea indeed, based on dried apple. We had it in the form of tea, not as a side dish. Instead of having our regular black Turkish tea, we made this compote and accompanied it with some homemade biscuits –the recipe of which will be given soon.
We decorated our dried apple compote with a stick of cinnamon stick and crumbled dried lemon zest –husband’s addition. I will share how to make it later. The idea of the latter is from a great Turkish blog named dokuzuncubulut by Aslı Balakin. She always surprises me with her creative and unique dishes and ingredients. I’ve learnt a lot from her. Thank you Aslı Abla!
This compote is sugar free as we thought the sweetness of apple would be enough. And we loved it this way, but you can add a few tablespoons of sugar if you like it sweeter.
- 1 cup dried apple
- 2 ½ cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp dried lemon zest
- Boil chopped dried apple, water and one cinnamon stick together until apples rise and tender. It will get a little thicker.
- Share it into cups when it is still hot, put cinnamon sticks into each and sprinkle dried lemon zest on them and serve.
You can store the rest of it in refrigerator for a few days. Just heat it when you crave for a heartwarming and aromatic drink on these cold days.