As the seasons change, I can’t help but feel both the excitement of new beginnings and a mild pang of nostalgia as I wave a tearful goodbye to summer. You too? It’s like we’re caught in this emotional tug-of-war, reminiscing over sunkissed barefoot days while eagerly welcoming cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice aromas. But, have you ever found solace in the middle ground – where the flavors of the seasons come together in perfect harmony?
Determined to channel my feelings into a culinary masterpiece, I embarked on an adventure that led me to the perfect storm of fall comfort: caramelized apples. One bite sent me spiraling down memory lane, reminiscing about crisp autumn days spent at the apple orchard, picking bushels of fresh apples with my kids. Those warm, golden apples not only bridged the gap between longing for balmy summer days and anticipating chilly evenings, but they also created a space for self-reflection – and indulgence!
I might not be able to control the weather or make summer stay just a little bit longer, but as you’ll see, I can whip up some warm, caramelized apples that are pure magic. By the time you’re done reading this post, you too can delve into the blissful nostalgia of this luscious autumnal wonderland, right there in your very own kitchen. Together, let’s embrace the seasonal shift with warm hearts, nostalgic smiles, and a mouthful of delicious caramelized apples!
- Unsalted Butter – Adds richness without saltiness.
- Granny Smith Apples – Firm texture and tart taste, perfect for cooking.
- Brown Sugar – Adds caramelization and sweetness.
- Cinnamon – A warm and cozy flavor.
- Nutmeg – A pinch for warmth and sweetness.
- Cardamom – A strong, unique and warming spice.
- Allspice – Adds a warm and cozy flavor.
- Kosher Salt – A pinch to enhance flavors.
- Cornstarch – Thickens the sauce.
- Water – Dissolves the cornstarch.
Note: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or even better, you can freeze it for up to 6 months and add a label with the freezing date. Adjust seasonings to your taste. Try sautéed apples on waffles, pancakes, pound cake, apple crisp, and even cheesecake!
- Are you craving something sweet and tangy? These caramelized apples are the perfect recipe to satisfy your cravings. First, grab your trusty saucepan and a couple of bowls. In one bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and a pinch of kosher salt. In another bowl, mix cornstarch with water.
- Peel and cut 2 granny smith apples into ¼” slices. Melt 1 oz of unsalted butter in the saucepan over medium heat. Throw in the apple slices and sauté them until they’re almost tender, stirring constantly for about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the cornstarch mixture and the sugar mixture to the pan and let it boil for 1-2 minutes, still stirring constantly. Take the pan off the heat and enjoy!
- You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or freeze in a container after cooling for up to 6 months. Just make sure to label the container with the freezing date.
- These caramelized apples can be enjoyed on their own or as a topping for waffles, pancakes, pound cake, apple crisp, and even cheesecake. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adjusting the seasoning to your taste. If you don’t have granny smith apples, any firm, tart apple will do. And for a vegan alternative, you can swap out the butter for coconut oil.
Serving Suggestions for Caramelized Apples
Mmm, these caramelized apples are a delicious treat any time of day! Here are a few serving suggestions to inspire you:
- Top your pancakes, waffles, or French toast with a generous serving of sautéed apples. Trust me, it’s the perfect way to start your day.
- Make a classic apple crisp with a twist by adding a layer of caramelized apples on top before baking. Yum!
- Serve as a topping for ice cream, particularly vanilla, for a simple yet delightful dessert.
- Add a spoonful of caramelized apples to your morning oatmeal for a sweet and spicy kick.
- Layer caramelized apples between slices of pound cake for a delightful dessert sandwich.
- Make a fancy cheesecake by adding a layer of caramelized apples on top. You’ll impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.
- Did you know that caramelized apples are a popular addition to savory dishes as well? Try serving them with roasted pork chops or grilled chicken for a sweet and spicy contrast.
Enjoy your caramelized apples, and feel free to experiment with different serving options to find your favorite!
How many servings does this recipe make?
This recipe makes 3 servings.
Can I use other types of apples for this recipe?
Sure thing! Granny Smith apples are used in this recipe, but you could also try using Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji apples for a slightly different flavor.
How long will this recipe last in the refrigerator?
These sauteed apples will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-5 days when stored in an airtight container.
Can I freeze this recipe?
Absolutely! Just make sure to freeze it in a freezer-safe container after cooling and label it with the freezing date. It will keep for up to 6 months.
Is there any way to adjust the recipe’s seasoning?
Of course! Adjust the seasonings to your taste – add more cinnamon if you want it a bit sweeter or a bit more salt if you want it to be salty-sweet. Feel free to play around and make it your own!
Can I use this recipe on other dishes?
Absolutely, try sautéed apples on waffles, pancakes, pound cake, apple crisp, and even cheesecake for a delightful surprise!
- Large saucepan
- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Small bowl
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch rounds
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Calvados or Brandy (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and salt.
- In another small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the sliced apples to the saucepan and cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender and have released some of their juice.
- Pour in the cornstarch mixture and stir to combine.
- Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the apples and stir to combine.
- Add the vanilla extract, lemon juice, and Calvados or Brandy (if using) to the pan and stir to combine.
- Cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.
- Take the pan off the heat and serve the caramelized apples hot, either as a standalone dish or over pancakes, waffles, pound cake, or even cheesecake.
The Calvados or Brandy is optional but adds a subtle depth of flavor to the dish.
Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste and add more or less of each ingredient based on your preferences.