Quick, easy and oh so delicious. The best part, our easy stewed apples recipe only requires 5 ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Our stewed apple recipe is so similar to the stewed apples at Cracker Barrel. If you have ever tried their cooked apples and fell in love with them, you are going to go crazy for our easy apple recipe.
If you have lots of apples, one great way to use them is to make Stewed Apples. Stewed Apples are perfect for so many things including main dishes and desserts, and they freeze too!
Apples are a favorite in our house at any time of the year, but they are particularly good in fall, of course, when they are in season locally. After all, apples are so good for you!
You can learn more about the health benefits of apples and how to shop for and store them in our Facts About Apples article.
Apples do keep a lot better than many fruits, but there’s still a limit to how long you want to keep them in a warm house. While we love snacking on them, they also go in various favorite recipes. Two of our favorite apple season recipes are these delicious Caramel Apple Empanadas and Slow Cooker Applesauce.
Why make stewed apples?
After making all the fresh apple recipes and you still find yourself with lots of apples, stewed apples are a great way to use up those apples.
They’re also an incredibly delicious addition to so many dishes. I like to make a small batch of stewed apples to keep in the fridge for various dishes.
Can I freeze Stewed Apples?
Yes, you can freeze stewed apples.
Stewed Apples will keep in the fridge, covered, for approximately 5 days. You can freeze them if you want to keep longer.
This stewed apple recipe is for one apple which will make a couple parfaits or toppings for pancakes. If you want more, it’s easy to double or triple this apple recipe.
Recipe Tip: If you double or triple this recipe, it will take a little longer to reduce the liquid with more apples. But a bigger batch is more convenient if you plan to freeze the stewed apples for easy use.
How to Stewed Apples
- Peel the apple and cut into quarters.
- Remove core then either slice or dice the apples (depending, in part how you will use them).
- Melt the butter in a pan, add the apples and cook a couple of minutes.
- Add the apple juice, cinnamon, and lemon juice then simmer a few more minutes until the apples are just tender and the liquid is syrupy.
You can have so much fun trying variations of stewed apples. Essentially, stewing means you cook the apples in a little liquid and sweeten them a little.
The liquid can be either water or apple juice. An apple stewed in apple juice and cinnamon is absolutely heavenly.
Some versions first cook the apples in a little butter which adds a bit of richness. You can add more spices if you prefer.
We love a good old fashioned stewed apple. So simple to make but oh so delicious.
How to use stewed apples
- apple crumble
- apple crisp
- apple muffins
- apple turnovers
- apple cakes
- in a simple sauce with pork
- chicken (eg add a little cream or stock and some prunes)
- as an easy dessert with ice cream
- alongside/on top of waffles or pancakes
- to make a parfait, either for dessert or breakfast.
More Fresh Apple Recipes
- Sliced Baked Apples
- Sauteed Apples – How to Make and Use
- Broccoli Apple Salad
- Apple Banana Smoothie
- Green Apple Smoothie
- Swiss Bircher muesli
- apple and bacon cornmeal scones
- 1 apple
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Peel the apple and cut into quarters.
- Remove core then either slice or dice the apples – I typically use slices eg for parfait, apple crisp, sauces, but would use diced for muffins.
- Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat, then add the apples and cook a couple minutes.
- Add the apple juice, cinnamon and lemon juice then simmer around 5 minutes until the apples are just tender and the liquid has become thick and almost syrup-like. If your apples are a bit tart, you may want to sweeten slightly before you let hem cool.