Ginger Apple Compote
- 2 1/2-3 lbs. Granny Smith apples
- 2 " piece of vanilla bean
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger.
- 1/4 cup water
Peel, core and thinly slice 2 1/2-3 lbs. Granny Smith apples. Place a 2" piece of vanilla bean in the bottom of a large, heavy saucepan, add the sliced apples, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger. Mix to distribute the sugar and ginger. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook gently over low heat until apples are tender, stirring from time to time (approximately 20-30 minutes) and being careful they don't boil over. Apple slices should be transparent. Let cool and serve slightly warm with whipped cream or creme fraiche. Serves 6-8.