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Pan Fried Apples

Simple and easy pan fried apples - This southern recipe uses cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar to make the best apples, way better than canned. Good for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Great to top pancakes. Gluten free. Made in a skillet.

On the way home from church last week, Grace said, You know those apples we get when we're at a restaurant?

“No, what apples?” I asked.

You know, those apples with the sauce? And they're thick like apple pie?

“Oh, right. Yes, I know those apples,” I said.

Can we have those for supper tonight?

I knew there was a bag full of apples on the kitchen table, so I said “Yes, of course.” before I even considered that I didn't know how to make said apples.

When we got home, I tried to Google said apples, but I didn't even know what to call them. Cooked apples? Baked apples? Fried apples? 

Instead of spending an hour surfing the web, I asked on Twitter. Fortunately, my friends Lisa and JessieLeigh came to my rescue and told me they're called Fried Apples and explained how to make them.

I have trouble with calling them Fried Apples since they are not batter-dipped and fried, but I'm trying to get over that. I guess that's what they're called since you cook them in butter in a skillet.

The apples were delicious, and my kids ate every morsel of apples over the next couple of days. Both of them requested the apples at every meal until they were all gone.

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Pan Fried Apples
Simple and easy pan fried apples - This southern recipe uses cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar to make the best apples, way better than canned. Good for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Great to top pancakes. Gluten free. Made in a skillet.
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Simple and easy pan fried apples - This southern recipe uses cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar to make the best apples, way better than canned. Good for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Great to top pancakes. Gluten free. Made in a skillet.
Instructions
  1. Core the apples and slice them into thin wedges. (I left the skins on, but if you want to peel them, do that now, too.) I ended up with 12 cups of apple wedges.
  2. Heat a very large skillet (or a sauce pot would probably work, too) over medium-low heat. Melt the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Place all of the apple wedges into the pan and toss them around to coat with the butter/sugar mixture. Put a lid on the skillet (if you can, my apples had to cook down a bit before the lid would sit on), and let them cook a few minutes.
  4. Stir the apples to send the top ones down closer to the heat. Once they have begun to cook down, sprinkle the spices over top and stir them again.
  5. Cook on medium-low or low for 20-30 minutes, stirring at least every 4-6 minutes.
  6. When the apples are starting to get soft, combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Pour this slurry into the apples to make a nice, thick sauce. {Note: It's perfectly okay to leave this out. Your apples will be in juice rather than a thicker sauce.}
  7. Continue to cook the apples until they reach your desired softness. Mine took almost 40 minutes.
  8. If your sauce thickens too much, you can always thin it with apple juice or additional water. Just mix well to incorporate the extra liquid with the sauce.
Recipe Notes

Assuming 8 servings, this has around 180 calories per serving.

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Simple and easy pan fried apples - This southern recipe uses cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar to make the best apples, way better than canned. Good for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Great to top pancakes. Gluten free. Made in a skillet.

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