Sauteed Apples is a quick and simple recipe that would be great served over breakfast pancakes and waffles. It can also be eaten on its own as a dessert or spooned over ice cream for a perfect night cap.
Fall is my favorite time of the year without a doubt. Beside the fact that all the big holidays are just around the corner, Fall is also full on baking season. The weather is perfect for cozying up inside baking up some cookies or pies. But once in a while, I love to whip up something quick to add a bit of flair to a simple breakfast at home. Enter this Sauteed Apples recipe.
What are the best apples to saute?
I love Honey Crisp apples for eating, it has always been my apple of choice. But for this Sauteed Apples recipe, I used Granny Smith apples instead. Granny Smith apples are firm with crisp texture, and a tart, acidic yet subtly sweet flavor. Because it is not overly sweet, they work great in this recipe since we will be adding sugar to it. I use dark brown sugar in this Sauteed Apples recipe for a strong caramel undertone. Because caramel and apple are made for each other. However, light brown sugar will work just fine.
How to Make Sauteed Apples
In addition to using Granny Smith apples and brown sugar, a combination of warm sweet spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and allspice is used to flavor our Sauteed Apples. This spice combo is very similar to an apple pie spice, so if you have apple pie spice on hand, you can just use 1/2 teaspoon of that instead. Just a pinch of salt is added to bring out all the depth of flavors in this simple dish. Then a bit of cornstarch dissolved in water is added to thicken the sauce.
Sauteed Apples Serving Suggestions
This Sauteed Apples recipe is a small batch, making just enough to serve 2 – 3. You can easily double or triple the recipe based on your need. But since it is so easy to make, it is best to make it fresh and serve it warm. It is perfect as a topping on pancakes and waffles. It is also delicious as a dessert by itself, and even better over ice cream.
Use Sauteed Apples with these recipes:
- Almond Pancakes
- Lactose Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Banana Waffles
- No Churn Almond Caramel Ice Cream
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- 1 oz unsalted butter
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- A pinch of nutmeg
- A pinch of cardamom
- A pinch of allspice
- A pinch of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
Peel and cut apple into 1/4” slices.
Mix sugar with spices in a small bowl and set aside.
In another small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water and set aside.
Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Add apple to the pan and sauté until almost tender stirring constantly, about 4 - 5 minutes.
Add the cornstarch mixture and the sugar mixture to the pan and allow to boil for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Take off the heat and enjoy.
This recipe is adapted from All Recipe's Sauteed Apples.