Fried Apples

 

Fried Apples are pan-fried in butter and warm spices to make a treat that is perfect for everything from an ice cream topping to a yummy dessert filling.
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Table of Contents
  1. Fried Apples Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make Fried Apples
  4. How to Serve Fried Apples
  5. Storage
  6. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Fried Apples are as simple as they are delicious. Pan-fried apples in butter and spices create a comfort food, side dish, or dessert topping that everyone loves. 

If you love warm apple treats then you’ll also want to make Apple Pie Bites, Apple Dump Cake, and Apple Dumplings.

Fried Apples Ingredients

You will need:

  • 5 large Pippin apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 1 large lemon about ¼ cup juice
  • ½ cup salted butter 1 stick or 113 grams
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Substitutions and Additions

SUGAR: You can also use maple syrup, honey, and/or light brown sugar as a white sugar substitute to sweeten the apples. 

APPLES: If you can’t find the Pippin variety of apples, you could use Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji, or Golden Delicious apples in this easy recipe. A firm apple will hold up better to the frying process than softer apples. 

How to Make Fried Apples

STEP ONE: As you peel, core, and slice the apples, toss them into a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them.

PRO TIP: I used a full lemon over the apples as I was slicing them. Mostly, this helps to prevent browning on the sliced apples, but it also adds another level of flavor and tartness to offset the sweet sugar.

STEP TWO: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.

STEP THREE: When the butter is melted, add apples to the skillet. Saute over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

PRO TIP: As the apples cook, they will break down into mush (like making applesauce). If you slice them thin, they only need 5 -10 minutes total to cook through, but will still have a little structure to them.

STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apples, stir and continue cooking until the sugar dissolves into the butter and forms a sauce.

PRO TIP: The apples usually release liquid while cooking. If there is not enough liquid after dissolving the sugar into the cooking apples, you can add a little cold water to make more sauce. It will thicken with the flour.

STEP FIVE: Sprinkle the flour over the apples and stir to combine.

STEP SIX: Bring the apple mixture to a low boil and simmer over low for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens.

STEP SEVEN: Serve immediately!

How to Serve Fried Apples

There are so many ways to use these tasty fried cinnamon apples! Yummy to eat on their own, you could also enjoy them in a bowl with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Easy fried apples can also be used as the perfect filling inside another dessert! Use them to make apple pie or apple enchiladas instead of using store-bought apple pie filling. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store these easy fried apples in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze fried apples but the texture of them may change during the freezing process.

Fried Apples are cooked in melted butter and warm spices to create a luscious southern-inspired dessert that is sure to be a welcome addition for any apple lover out there. The best sweet comfort food you can imagine, these spiced and saucy apples are perfect for everything from an ice cream topping to a filling inside yummy apple treats. Or enjoy them all on their way!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kinds of apples are best to use in this apple recipe? 

Make sure you pick firm apples but any apple you choose would be delicious. Try Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Fuji.

Can I freeze homemade fried apples? 

Fried apples can be frozen but the texture of them may change. If you are planning to use them as a filling, they would likely be fine to freeze and use later.

Do I need to peel the apples for this recipe? 

It is best to peel the apples for this recipe as leaving them on would affect the consistency and soft texture of the apples.

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Fried Apples

Fried Apples are pan-fried in butter and warm spices to make a treat that is perfect for everything from an ice cream topping to a yummy dessert filling.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 5 large Pippin apples peeled cored, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 1 large lemon about ¼ cup juice
  • ½ cup salted butter 1 stick or 113 grams
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • As you peel, core, and slice the apples, toss them into a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted, add apples to the skillet. Saute over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apples, stir and continue cooking until the sugar dissolves into the butter and forms a sauce.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the apples and stir to combine.
  • Bring the apple mixture to a low boil and simmer over low for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve immediately!

Notes

PRO TIP: I used a full lemon over the apples as I was slicing them. Mostly, this helps to prevent browning on the sliced apples, but it also adds another level of flavor and tartness to offset the sweet sugar.
PRO TIP: As the apples cook, they will break down into mush (like making applesauce). If you slice them thin, they only need 5 -10 minutes total to cook through, but will still have a little structure to them.
PRO TIP: The apples usually release liquid while cooking. If there is not enough liquid after dissolving the sugar into the cooking apples, you can add a little cold water to make more sauce. It will thicken with the flour.

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