If you've never had homemade apple sauce or fruit compote, go buy some apples pronto! There is absolutely no comparison between this and the store-bought variety. I like to throw some strawberries in for color and flavor, but you can make it just with apples and pears, or even just plain apples!

I prefer Granny Smith apples and Bartlett pears, but other types work too. Peel and core the apples and pears. Cut them into pieces, as pictured; not too small.

Add about an inch and a half of water to the bottom of the pot. The apples and pears will release a lot of liquid into the pot when they start to cook, so you don't want to start out with too much water.

Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes. After you turn it off, add in the strawberries. They can be fresh or frozen (I used frozen). The residual heat will cook the strawberries just enough. Feel free to omit the strawberries, if you prefer. It will be good without them too.

Now it's time to decide if you'd like your apple sauce smooth or chunky. For chunky, mash the fruit and eat as is. Eat it hot, or refrigerate and eat cold.

If you prefer smooth apple sauce, first drain most of the liquid. But do not throw it out! The water that fruit was cooked in is like a delicious natural juice. You can drink it hot, like tea, or cold, for a refreshing healthy beverage. I drink it both ways, depending on my mood.

Now blend the fruit until smooth. You can use a blender, food processor or immersion blender. It's healthy, sugar free and versatile. You can eat it plain, as a snack, for breakfast, serve it for dessert, or as a base for ice cream.

You might like to divide the applesauce and make half chunky and half smooth. Throw in some cut-up fruit for excitement.

This compote is a great staple to keep in your fridge if you're trying to eat healthily. It also freezes well, and tastes great half-defrosted, when it's all icy and slushy.


  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 Bartlett pears
  • 2-3 cups strawberries (frozen or fresh)


  1. Peel and core the apples and pears.
  2. Fill a pot with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Add the apples and pears.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add in the strawberries and let the mixture cool for a little while.
  5. For chunky apple sauce, mash the fruit. For smooth apple sauce, strain and blend.
  6. Don't waste the liquid! Drink it hot, like a fruity tea, or add some ice for a refreshing cold drink.

Yields: 8-10 cups

Have you ever made fruit compote or apple sauce before? What's your favorite combination or fruit?