Apple and Sweet Geranium Compote

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Simply Delicious 2

Simply Delicious 2

By Darina Allen

Published 1990

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Use the scented geranium, Pelargonium Graveolens, to flavour this delicious Apple Compote—just a few leaves give it a haunting lemon flavour.


  • 8 medium-sized eating apples, e.g. Golden Delicious
  • 6 ozs (170 g/1 generous cup) sugar
  • juice of lemons
  • 4 large, sweet geranium leaves
  • 2–3 strips of lemon rind


Peel, quarter, core and slice the apples into ¼ inch (5 mm) segments. Put them into a stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Add the sugar, lemon rind and juice and sweet geranium leaves. Cover with a greaseproof paper lid and the lid of the saucepan; cook on a gentle heat until the apples are soft but not broken. They may be cooked in a moderate oven, 180°C/350°F/regulo 4, if that is more convenient.

Serve warm or cold with softly whipped cream.