Poached Apples with Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Vickie Parks


This is a Turkish dessert featuring apples poached in a cinnamony syrup and topped with whipped cream and pistachio nuts. In Turkey, this dessert is called "Kaymakli Elma Kompostosu". There are many versions of this recipe, but the cinnamony syrup and pistachio garnish places this recipe well above the others.


★★★★★ 2 votes

5 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 cup
  • 1 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 18
    whole cloves
  • 6 large
    cooking apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup
    whipping cream, whipped and kept chilled
  • 3 Tbsp
    pistachio nuts, finely chopped

How to Make Poached Apples with Whipped Cream and Pistachios


  1. Place the water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large saucepan and bring to a full boil.
  2. Insert 3 cloves around the top of each apple. Place the apples side by side in the saucepan and baste with the syrup. (If apples don't stand up, slice off a very small portion off the bottom of apple to make a level base.) Lower the heat, cover pan and let simmer very gently, basting occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes or just until apples become tender. Remove pan from the stove, and set aside to cool.

    While the apples cool, whip the cream (if not already done).
  3. When cool enough to handle, transfer apples to individual serving dishes. Discard the cloves, and spoon the whipped cream into the center of each apple. Spoon a little of the pan syrup over the whipped cream and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on top. Chill until ready to serve.

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About Poached Apples with Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #turkish

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