This simple plum and apple compote takes a couple of hours to make but is simple and can be left to cook on a gentle heat while you get on with other takes at home. It is a fab standalone with natural yoghurt and granola, but also serves as a base for my danish pastry recipes and can be used as a centre filling for special cupcakes or a super quick plum and apple crumble.


  • 300ml water
  • 10 plums
  • 3 apples
  • 4 level dessert spoons of vanilla-infused caster sugar


  1. To make the compote, first add the water and sugar to a non-stick pan and bring to a boil over a low heat. Stir occasionally and cook for 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. In the meantime, wash the fruit and then chop the plums into small pieces (each plum into 8-10 pieces) and peel, core and grate the apples. Best to do the grating into a large bowl, otherwise you will end up with apple all over your kitchen.
  3. Add the chopped plums and grated apples to the pan and stir so that the water is just about covering the fruit.
  4. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat right down to low. Leave to cook for 1-1.5 hours until the fruit has broken down. You should give it a good stir every 10 minutes or so and keep an eye on it to ensure the fruit doesn’t burn. Gentle heat is the key.
  5. Once cooked, take off the heat and leave to cool before transferring to a tupperware. You can store in the fridge and this apple and plum compote keeps for around 1 week. Enjoy!