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Fried Apples

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Luscious apples are pan-fried in butter and spices to create these fried apples that are sure to be a welcome addition for any apple lover out there.
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  1. FRIED APPLES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS FRIED APPLES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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These delicious fried apples are cooked in melted butter and warm spices to make the best sweet comfort food you can imagine. They are a snap to make and are perfect for everything from an ice cream topping to a filling inside yummy apple treats.

A couple more ways to enjoy fresh apples include our Hasselback apples and apple pie cookies.

FRIED APPLES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 5 large Pippin apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 1 large lemon (about ¼ cup juice)
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground 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.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS FRIED APPLES RECIPE

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 butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

STEP THREE: When the butter is melted, add the apple slices 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 to 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 top of 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

There are so many ways to use these tasty fried cinnamon apples. They are lovely in a bowl on their own with a drizzle of caramel sauce or what about on top of a big scoop of vanilla ice cream?

They could also be used as the perfect filling inside one of our other recipes instead of store-bought apple pie filling. Our apple enchiladas are one fun way to use them or try them in our apple pie or caramel apple pie bombs

You could also think outside the box and serve these fried apples as a delicious side dish alongside our fried pork chops.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store these easy fried apples in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days. Or make the leftovers into an apple crisp.  

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

Sweet southern fried apples are a perfect alternative to pie filling but are also delicious on their own! Spiced and saucy, these are a fantastic way to use up all those crisp apples this fall.

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

5 from 2 votes
Luscious apples are pan-fried in butter and spices to create these fried apples that are sure to be a welcome addition for any apple lover out there.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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