Delight Your Taste Buds with Turkish Apricot Compote

Step right up, my fellow food enthusiasts! Are you tired of the same old boring desserts, and want to try something new and exciting? Look no further, for I am pleased to present to you a delectable Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu) recipe that will awaken your taste buds and transport you to the vibrant and colorful streets of Turkey.

Growing up in Israel, I had the opportunity to experience Turkish cuisine first hand, and let me tell you, it is unlike any other. This compote kayisi has been a staple dessert in my household for years, and I am proud to share this traditional recipe with you all.

Made with fresh apricots peeled, pitted, and sliced along with a few simple ingredients including sugar, water, and almond extract. This simple recipe combines the sweetness of the apricots with a subtle nutty flavor for a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you longing for more.

This dish is perfect for hot summer days or when you need a fruity accompaniment to your meals. Serve it as a dessert on its own or as an excellent complement to ice cream, Greek yogurt or enjoy it with some cherry grape compote. Many possibilities await!

So put on your apron and get ready to embark on a culinary journey to Turkey. Let’s dive right into this delicious kayısı kompostosu recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu)
Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu)

Imagine biting into a sweet, juicy, and tender apricot bursting with the flavors of the sun-soaked lands of Turkey. Now imagine turning that delightful fruit into a versatile compote that you can use in so many ways – from adding it to your morning yogurt to pairing it with ice cream or topping your favorite cake.

This Turkish Apricot Compote, or Kayisi Kompostosu, is one of my favorite recipes, and for good reason. It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or complicated techniques, yet its rich taste and vibrant color will make you look like a professional chef.

One of the best things about this recipe is its flexibility. You can make it with fresh apricots in the summer when they are in season, or you can use dried apricots when fresh ones are not available. You can also adjust the sweetness level based on your preference or add other ingredients such as almonds, raisins or cherries to create a unique fruit compote.

But perhaps what makes this recipe truly special is its cultural significance. Turkish cuisine has been influenced by various cultures over the centuries, and this compote kayisi is a testament to Turkey’s culinary heritage. Its refreshing taste and aroma will transport you to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul or the sunny shores of Antalya.

In conclusion, if you love apricots, want to try a simple recipe that celebrates Turkish cuisine, or simply want to impress your guests with an easy-to-make but delicious dessert, then this Kayısı Kompostosu should be on your list. Just try it once, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 A burst of sweet flavor in every spoonful.
A burst of sweet flavor in every spoonful.

To make this Turkish Apricot Compote or Kayisi Kompostosu, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 fresh apricots, peeled, pitted, and sliced (you can also use dried apricots if fresh ones are not available)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of almond extract
  • Sliced roasted almonds (lightly roasted preferred) for garnish

Note: if you prefer a thicker compote, reduce the amount of water to 1 cup.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect topping for your morning pancakes or waffles.
The perfect topping for your morning pancakes or waffles.

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of preparing this delicious Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu). You will need 6 fresh apricots, 3 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 2 tablespoons almond extract to make this decadent and fruity dessert.

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Begin by washing the apricots under cool water and then gently pat them dry.
  2. Next, slice each apricot in half, remove the pit, and slice them into thin pieces.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the sugar with the water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Make sure not to overheat or boil!
  4. Add the sliced fresh apricots to the saucepan and allow them to cook for around 10 to 15 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once the apricots have softened, add the almond extract to the saucepan and mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and let your apricot compote cool down completely.
  7. Once it has cooled down, transfer it to a sterilized jar or container with an airtight seal.
  8. You can now store your freshly made compote in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

This simple recipe is perfect for anyone who loves fruit-based desserts that are straightforward but decadent. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The bright orange color of the apricots makes this compote a feast for the eyes.
The bright orange color of the apricots makes this compote a feast for the eyes.

There are several options that you can use to customize the Turkish Apricot Compote recipe to your liking.

Substituting fresh apricots: If fresh apricots are not available, you can swap them with dried apricots. Soak the dried fruit in hot water for 30 minutes to make it soft before using it in the recipe.

Using different sweeteners: Instead of regular sugar, you may use other sweeteners like honey or brown sugar to give your compote a unique taste.

Adding nuts: If you fancy some extra crunch in your dish, try adding some sliced roasted almonds to the mix. Or, you can switch up almond extract with vanilla extract to give it a slight twist.

Varying the fruit: While dried or fresh apricots are the main ingredient, this recipe can also work great with other fruits like cherries or grapes. You can make a cherry grape compote or raisin compote – the possibilities are endless.

Pairing with ice cream: This Turkish Apricot Compote goes well with ice cream – preferably Greek or any other frozen dessert – as it balances out the sweetness and creates an enjoyable combination that will tantalize your taste buds!

Explore and experiment with different variations and combinations until you find something that suits your palate. Have fun trying out new substitutions and variations and enjoy all the delicious flavors!

Serving and Pairing

 A nostalgic taste of traditional Turkish flavors.
A nostalgic taste of traditional Turkish flavors.

The Turkish apricot compote is a versatile dessert that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. It can be served both warm or cold. When served warm, it is an excellent complement to vanilla or almond ice cream, as the flavors combine beautifully to create a rich and satisfying taste.

For those who prefer a cold dessert, the apricot compote can be served with a dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt for added texture and creaminess. You can also add some granola or toasted nuts on top of it to give it some crunch.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this compote with cherry or grape compote for a fruity and refreshing twist.

Moreover, this recipe is perfect for entertaining guests during summer. Make it as a sweet topping for pancakes, waffles or crepes in breakfast gatherings. It also adds an extra layer of flavor to cakes and pastries.

Overall, Turkish apricot compote is a simple yet elegant dessert that pairs well with many dishes. Its robust flavor and natural sweetness make it a perfect dessert for any occasion – from casual get-togethers to formal dinner parties.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of cinnamon and cloves will fill your kitchen as you make this compote.
The aroma of cinnamon and cloves will fill your kitchen as you make this compote.

Once you have prepared this delectable Turkish Apricot Compote, you can easily store it for later use. You can make this compote up to two weeks in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The flavors of the apricots will continue to develop, making it even more delicious over time.

When reheating the compote, simply transfer it into a saucepan and heat it on medium-low heat until warm. It is important to stir it occasionally to prevent it from sticking and burning at the bottom. You can also reheat it in the microwave by placing it in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for 30-second intervals until warm.

However, if you are planning to make this dish ahead of time or want to store leftovers, keep in mind that the texture of the fresh apricots may become softer over time due to the liquid in the compote. To combat this, I would recommend adding a few extra fresh apricots when reheating it to maintain some of that natural texture.

You can also get creative with storage options by pairing your Apricot Compote with other ingredients such as Greek yogurt, vanilla ice cream, or chocolate cake. The possibilities are endless!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A refreshing and fruity dessert that is perfect for a summer day.
A refreshing and fruity dessert that is perfect for a summer day.

When making Turkish Apricot Compote, there are a few tips to keep in mind for perfect results.

First and foremost, make sure to use fresh apricots for the recipe. While dried apricots can be used, the flavor and texture will not be as good as using fresh ones. When buying fresh apricots, look for ones that are ripe but still firm to the touch.

It is essential to peel and pit the apricots before slicing them for the compote. To peel the apricots quickly, make a small “X” at the bottom of each fruit and then plunge them into boiling water for about 30 seconds. The skins should easily slide off. Additionally, use a sharp knife or a mandolin to slice the apricots thinly and evenly.

To enhance the flavor of the compote, you can add almond extract to the recipe. It pairs well with apricots and adds a subtle nutty taste to the dish. However, be careful not to overdo it; two tablespoons of extract should suffice.

When roasting almonds for garnish, make sure not to burn them. Lightly roasting sliced almonds brings out their nuttiness without adding burnt or bitter flavors to the dish. The same goes for soaking dried apricots – do not soak them for too long as they can become too mushy.

Lastly, be patient when cooking the compote. Slowly simmering it over low heat allows all of the flavors to meld together and creates a thick syrup that coats each piece of fruit perfectly.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious and authentic Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu) that will impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

Bottom Line

This recipe for Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu) is a true gem of Turkish cuisine. Its simple ingredients and easy preparation make it a perfect dessert or snack for any occasion.

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, impress guests with a traditional Turkish dish, or simply switch up your routine with an intriguing new recipe, this apricot compote is a must-try.

With its rich flavor and versatility, this compote can elevate any dish it’s paired with, whether it be ice cream, yogurt, cakes, or even savory meats. Plus, its make-ahead capabilities and easy storage options means that you can always have this delicious treat on hand.

Try this recipe today and discover the delightful flavors of Turkish cuisine with every bite.

Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu)

Turkish Apricot Compote (Kayisi Kompostosu) Recipe

POSTED FOR RAMADAN TAG. From NOTE: I just realized almond extract contains alcohol unless there are alcohol free ones around. I would like to know.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 2
Calories 231.6 kcal


  • 6 fresh apricots, peeled, pitted, sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, sliced, roasted lightly if you prefer


  • Bring the sugar and water to boil in a medium cooking pot. Turn the heat down to very medium-low.
  • Add the apricots and almond extract. Cook for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Pour into a bowl and let it cool.
  • Then chill in the fridge.
  • Add almond slices.
  • Serve in individual bowls with Pilaf on the side on hot Summer days.

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Serving: 385gCalories: 231.6kcalCarbohydrates: 46.9gProtein: 3.2gFat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 36.7mgFiber: 3gSugar: 43.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Healthy, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Middle Eastern, Ramadan, Sweet, Turkish
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