The color alone transforms any plate!
~ Painting by Jennifer Lawson ~
I live in Mexico now, but am feeling nostalgic. In the North, in the cooler days my fridge was never without a tangy, slighty sweet, super simple Ginger Cranberry Apple “Compote”. It is a great side to roasted vegetables and meats, omelettes and cheese, ice cream, pancakes, toast and crêpes. Yep. It’s good stuff.
I call it a “compote” because technically a compote is stewed and this is made in the oven. I tried making it on the stove top once, but it just wasn’t as good.
~ Ginger, Apple Cranberry “Compote” ~
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
6 Large Apples, cored and cubed
1 Bag (12-16oz.) Fresh Cranberries
3 Inch Piece of Ginger, grated
Spread chopped apples between two baking dishes, approx. 9″ x 13″, distribute half the clean berries, and grate half the ginger to each, mix a bit and bake, uncovered, for about an hour.
I love Cortland apples, though Gala, Empire, or McCoun work well, and combining is nice. (Read about apple varieties here.) Try pears, too!
~ My Typical Cold Weather Vermont Breakfast ~
On Bed of Braised Cabbage & Jasmine Rice
Drizzled With Ghee
I generally freeze my ginger for greatest life and ease of use. And while a regular kitchen grater will work on this fibrous root, I adore my inexpensive, porcelain grater for ginger, tumeric, horseradish, fresh wasabi… I found mine at a thrift store, but they are available online. Though, perhaps, the most versatile tool for this type of prep is the microplanner/rasp.
~ Porcelain Grater, Microplanner/Rasp, Triangle Zester/Grater ~
I hope you make this “compote”. It lasts quite awhile in the fridge, though honestly I only got to test this once, when I went away for awhile. Often, just out of the oven, I pack it into a couple of pint sized mason jars, which have been sterilized. The intense heat of the fruit pulls in the seal and it becomes a shelf stable gift.
Until next time. Buen provecho! I am off to the beach, to day dream with the terns and the waves. To dream of apples. XoXo, enza esperanza