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Fried apples? In June? Yes and I stand by my decision. Maybe I'm on a comfort food kick right now considering I've already made my chicken & biscuits casserole twice but fried apples just sounded so good. Or maybe the real reason is that I didn't have time for a complicated recipe and I already spent most of my grocery budget so I needed something cheap... Something like that.
But really, recipes are considered "evergreen content" so the majority of people reading this will be googling and pinteresting "fried apples recipe" this fall and several more falls for years to come. (Greetings people of the future!)
I just worked really hard to get autocorrect to allow me to type "pintersting" but if googling is a word, pinteresting most certainly is too.
I actually had an entire bag of pink lady apples and since I only needed four to make fried apples, I had just enough to redo photos from two other recipes I've already published on the blog - apple cinnamon rolls and bacon apple crisp. Both of those foods are not very photogenic and I'm not crazy about the new cinnamon roll photos so I'm not sure when or even if I'll update them but I'll update the bacon apple crisp soon. Needless to say, I've been eating a lot of sweets lately!
If fried apples, cinnamon rolls, and apple crisp weren't enough, I also just made a new dessert recipe which I'll publish next. And there are at least three more dessert recipes I want to make after that. I hope you guys are in the mood for some sweets! Maybe I'll try to break things up with a summery side dish or something to please the dessert haters but for now I'm really excited about these upcoming dessert recipes.
I usually think of fried apples as being a side dish (thanks Cracker Barrel!) but I think they can be used other ways too. I decided to serve mine over french toast with breakfast and it was really good. Fried apples would also make a good crepe filling and you could even serve them over ice cream or cheesecake for dessert. I'm sure there are lots of other things you can do with them so let me know what you guys come up with!
Spiced fried apples can be enjoyed as a sweet side dish, as dessert over ice cream or cheesecake, or for breakfast on french toast or crepes.
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 4 apples, cored and sliced
- ¼ C maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp allspice
- ⅛ tsp cloves
- 1 tsp tapioca starch, optional
- 1 tsp cold tap water, optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
- While the oil melts, whisk together the maple syrup and spices in a small bowl. Once the oil is hot, add apples and syrup mixture then toss to coat.
- Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until desired softness is achieved (about 10-15 mins). Remove the apple slices with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid behind. If the liquid is too thin, go to step 4. Otherwise, skip to step 5.
- In a small bowl, whisk together starch and water until dissolved. Whisk that mixture into the juice and allow to thicken for a few seconds over the heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour the juices back over the apples, toss to coat, then serve. See notes below for serving ideas.
You can enjoy these apples as-is or use them as an ingredient or topping in another treat. These would be great on ice cream, cheesecake, waffles, or in a crepe. I served mine over french toast!