Blackberry & Apple Compote

The blackberries are out, so if you haven’t already, go get picking! Bonus point if you don’t buy the apples either.

I had this lovely idea of filling some jars with blackberry and apple compote, but then it was so good, we ending up eating it all instead… oops. I served mine with American style fluffy pancakes (NB I used to use this recipe here, but now use a fluffier and thriftier alternative here).


The compote recipe is based on one from River Cottage, but I stopped simmering before it had set completely as I prefer mine that way. I also went right back to basics, leaving out the more expensive/awkward ingredients; it probably won’t surprise you to learn that I don’t have cinnamon sticks or star anise to hand!


500g Cooking Apples – peeled, cored and sliced

250g Blackberries

250g Caster Sugar

550ml Water


1. Place the water and sugar in a non-stick saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil.

2. Reduce to a simmer and add the apples. Cook for 5 minutes.

3. Add the blackberries and cook until the compote reaches a smooth and thick consistency.

Blackberry Apple Compote

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