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Homemade Apricot Compote

Homemade Apricot Compote

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Apricot compote is a simple yet versatile recipe that captures the essence of summer in every spoonful.

When it comes to capturing the essence of summer, few things do it better than a homemade fruit compote.

And if you’re a fan of sweet and tangy flavors, apricot compote is an absolute must-try.

With just a few simple ingredients and a short amount of time, you can create a delightful treat that will transport your taste buds to sun-kissed orchards and lazy afternoons.

Join us as we explore the art of making homemade apricot compote and discover the magic that lies within each spoonful.

Apricot compote is a versatile and easy-to-make recipe that can be enjoyed in various ways.

Whether you prefer it as a topping for your morning yogurt or a filling for a decadent dessert, the possibilities are endless.

A few examples is my Apricot tart, Apricot Cheesecake, of Apricot Birthday Cake.

The beauty of this recipe lies not only in its simplicity but also in its ability to preserve the natural flavours of the fruit.

Note: In this recipe I use apricots which were not ripe and juicy, so if you are using ripe apricots, you can reduce the amount of sugar and water.

Apricots, washed, halved and stoned image

To begin, gather your apricots and give them a good wash.

Once cleaned, carefully halve them and remove the pits, setting them aside for later use. The pitting process may seem tedious, but trust us, the end result is well worth the effort.

Next, melt a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.

As the butter sizzles and coats the pan, it creates a luscious base for your apricots.

Once the butter has melted, add the halved apricots to the pan and give them a gentle mix, ensuring they are well-coated in the melted butter.

Now it’s time to add the perfect amount of sweetness.

Sprinkle in 80 grams of sugar and a tablespoon of honey, and add a couple of tablespoons of water to create a syrupy consistency.

Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves, creating a sweet base that will enhance the flavors of the apricots.

To elevate the taste even further, squeeze in a tablespoon of lemon juice and sprinkle in some lemon zest.

These citrusy additions bring a refreshing tang to the compote, balancing the sweetness of the apricots.

And to infuse a warm and aromatic note, drop in a cinnamon stick, allowing its flavors to meld with the fruit.

Now that all the ingredients are combined, it’s time to let the compote simmer and work its magic.

Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and let it cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

This cooking process allows the apricots to soften and release their natural juices, resulting in a luscious compote with a light syrup consistency.

Remember to remove the compote from the heat just before the apricots start to lose their shape and turn mushy.

You want to preserve the tender texture of the fruit while allowing the flavors to fully develop.

Once cooked to perfection, remove the pan from the heat and allow the compote to cool completely. As it cools, the flavors will continue to mingle and intensify, creating a truly delightful taste.

Cooked apricots to perfection image

Once cooled, transfer the compote to a clean, airtight jar or container, and store it in the refrigerator. The cool temperatures will help preserve the compote’s freshness, allowing you to savour it over the next few days.

Now that you have a jar of homemade apricot compote, let your culinary creativity run wild.

Spoon it over your morning bowl of yogurt or oatmeal for a burst of fruity goodness.

Caramelized apricots with yiaourtoglyko image

Spread it on freshly baked bread or croissants for a delightful breakfast or brunch treat. Use it as a filling for cakes, tarts, or pastries to add a touch of sweetness and a vibrant pop of flavor. And of course, it makes an excellent companion to your favorite desserts, from ice cream sundaes to warm pancakes.

Apricot compote image

Homemade Apricot Compote

Yield: 500 grams
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet, tangy, and bursting with flavor, our homemade Apricot Compote is a taste of summer in every spoonful.


  • 500 grams apricots, pitted
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 80 grams sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 250 ml water


  1. Wash, halve and stone the apricots.
  2. Put the butter in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. When it melts add the apricots, stir and then add the sugar, honey and a couple tablespoons of water.
  4. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and cinnamon stick as well as the remaining water.
  6. Cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes stirring once in a while, until a light syrup is made.
  7. Remove the compote from the heat just before the apricots start to lose their shape and turn mushy.
  8. You want to preserve the tender texture of the fruit while allowing the flavors to fully develop.
  9. Allow to cool completely and store in the refrigerator covered.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 721Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 31mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 155gFiber 11gSugar 144gProtein 7g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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