Blackberry & Apple Compote

Okay, so I have a small confession. I don’t like summer. I burn really easily and I don’t like hot temperatures, and aside from the brilliant day-drinking opportunities and balmy evenings, it’s my least favourite season. So obviously I’m really excited that it’s hit September now and I can delve into my Autumn recipes and start wearing the outfits I like to wear rather than just T-shirts and factor 50. I just love the crisp air, and the food, bonfires and fireworks. So here’s a recipe that I came up with to symbolise the start of Autumn, and it’s healthy for a change, which is great as I have quite an impressive hangover currently, so the fruit is a welcome change from my usual indulgent recipes!

I hope you like it, and I hope you’re all looking forward to the season change as much as I am (sorry if you’re a sun-worshipper!)

Also, as I work in Waterstones now, I have a book recommendation! I’m nearly finished The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, and it’s wonderful and heartbreaking and I love it, so give that a read. It’s set out in “prayers” so I’ve read it really quickly as it’s not too dense, so it’s perfect for if you don’t have much time for reading. Hope you like it, and please don’t give away the ending for me!

Blackberry and Apple Compote

Blackberry and Apple Compote


Two cooking apples

50g of caster sugar

Two tablespoons of lemon juice

Three tablespoons of water

A pinch of cinnamon

170g of blackberries


  1. Peel, core and dice the apples. Put all of the ingredients aside from the blackberries in a pot and simmer gently for about 20 minutes until the apples are all mushy.
  2. Add in the blackberries, and simmer for a further 7 minutes until it’s gone all purple. If they’re still holding their shape then give them a mash with a fork until smooth.
  3. Serve with yoghurt or ice cream.

Makes one medium-sized tub full


6 thoughts on “Blackberry & Apple Compote

  1. Ooh that sounds good! Thanks for sharing :)

    I’m with you on the summer thing – I love the sunshine but I hate overheating and being forced to wear shorts and t-shirts. I’m much more a layers kind of girl.

    By the way, when you’re done reading The Colour Purple, be sure to watch the film with Whoopi Goldberg – it’s fantastic.

  2. Reblogged this on The Hippie Gypsy and commented:
    This is just a perfect recipe to convert the sweets of summer fruit to the warmths of a fall recipe. Emily does such a wonderful job narrating her recipes also so I always love reading her entries. I am looking forward to this on top of some of my homemade vegan vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

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