Quick, easy, versatile and delicious. What more could you ask for in a dessert or side dish? Yup, that’s right, you can eat Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cooked Apples as a side dish. So, if you so desired — and let me tell you, once you taste them you will — you could eat these apples at every single meal of the day.
Easy to Freeze
My favorite thing about these apples is that they freeze well. Cook them a bit al dente then pour them into freezer bags. You will always have a great dessert ready for last-minute guests. Just warm in the microwave and pour over ice cream, fill a pastry puff or dress up a pound cake.
How do you like them apples?
Breakfast & Brunch
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cooked Apples cook up in just a few minutes and are easily doubled or tripled so you can cook them in the morning to quickly elevate a ho-hum breakfast. Toss in a handful of raisins and serve over oatmeal; warm and pour over pancakes, french toast or waffles or wrap them in crepes.
Sweet Side to Savory Dishes
Cooked apples are a classic with pork chops or ham. But don’t stop with the pig, serve them as a side to almost any meat — their sweetness is a great compliment to game.
My favorite way to eat Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cooked Apples is as dessert.
- Pour over vanilla ice cream then drizzle with caramel sauce.
- Serve warm over biscuits, cream puff or shortcake, top with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Add as a side or topping to slices of pumpkin bread or pound cake.
- Warm in a bowl with a sprinkling of Grape Nuts on the top as a cheaters crumble.
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cooked Apples Recipe
makes 1-2 servings, can easily be doubled or tripled
2 Granny Smith apples or other cooking apples
2 Tbsp apple juice or cider
2 Tbsp Brown sugar
Juice of 1/2 med lemon
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
1. Peal, core and thinly slice apples. Thinner sliced apples will cook faster but don’t slice the apples too thin or they will break down when cooked.
2. Add brown sugar and apple juice to a small skillet, cook over high heat, stirring to melt brown sugar.
3. Add apples slices to pan.
4. Turn heat down to medium. Stir apples occasionally.
5. Add 2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste) and approximately 1/2 tsp grate fresh nutmeg (or more to taste), stir to combine.
6. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon over apples and add lemon zest.
7. Cook until desired tenderness – between 3 to 10 minutes.
For extra richness add a tablespoon of butter to the pan with the brown sugar and apple juice.